False alarm called on bomb threat at Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Tue, 08/11/2009 - 3:57pm
By: Ben Nelms

A note found in a restroom at Piedmont Fayette Hospital early Monday morning saying that a bomb was in the facility turned out to be a hoax.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw said officers were called after a hospital employee entering a first floor public restroom found a note stating that there was a bomb in the hospital. The note was found on the toilet seat cover dispenser in one of the restroom stalls at approximately 1:30 a.m., Crawshaw said.

Hospital administration, hospital security and police followed the hospital’s procedures for addressing the bomb threat, Crawshaw said.

Crawshaw said that though details of the search were not released for safety reasons, the hospital followed its protocol and, based on the results of the search, it was determined that no bomb was present. Crawshaw also noted that no additional threats were discovered.

Commenting on the incident, hospital spokesperson Ryan Duffy said safety and security officers implemented established emergency processes and procedures, including notifying police, and evaluated the situation. Once the situation had been evaluated it was determined that patients were safe and there was no need for any evacuation.

“We always maintain a constant state of preparedness to protect our patients and our staff,” Duffy said.

An investigation of the incident is ongoing, Crawshaw said, adding that investigators are reviewing the hospital’s video tapes.

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Submitted by smile on Sun, 08/16/2009 - 11:38pm.

This had to be an unhappy patient mad about the long wait in the emergency room or an employee mad about working 3rd shift. Smiling

Seriously though, I never see any follow-up on bomb threats reported in the paper. It looks like the hospital security cameras would catch the persons entering the restroom.

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Submitted by ImJustSaying on Mon, 08/17/2009 - 11:43am.

My observation is that if you are about to die, that is you actually have an emergency, then the wait time is routinely extremely short. If however you have some bogus piece of crap complaint that your elbow has been hurting for a month now and you show up in the ER at 0200, you are the reason for long wait times. The patients don't get to decide whose "emergency" treatment should come first, the trained and highly skilled ER staff get to decide that. Try to think of it like this: The longer you wait, the farther away from death you are, and all the more reason to feel good about the state of your health. Peace out!!

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