The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) today dubbed a story circulating on social media over the weekend as blatantly devoid of facts. The social media post purports that a patient was injured after a portion of the ceiling in the Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) fell in on the patient on Saturday night.
The facts of the case are as follows: on Saturday November 7th, at approximately 10:45 pm, a fifty-six (56) year old male patient was admitted to the Chest Pain Unit in the Emergency Department of PMH. The patient attempted an unauthorized exit, by climbing through an opening in the ceiling in the restroom before falling through the ceiling into the Waiting Area of the Emergency Dept.
The patient was assessed by a physician and admitted to a medical ward for further care. His condition at that time was conscious and alert. On Sunday November 8th, shortly after 1pm the same patient made a second attempt to exit the Hospital from the in-patient ward. He was restrained by hospital security and returned to the Emergency Department for further assessment. The patient was later returned to the ward and placed in restraint for further monitoring. The Public Hospitals Authority wishes to once again state that the safety of our patients and staff remain our highest priority, as we seek to deliver quality care to all we serve.