El Mojón outpatients departments closed because of fumes which affected breathing

Update 21 March: Sanidad says that everything is now normalized at El Mojón, and all activities in outpatients and A&E have now been resumed. It appears that yesterday’s chemical smell was caused by a gas produced by a bottle of solvent.

Original post 20 March: El Mojón outpatients departments have been closed today after the appearance just before 9am of a smell, described as “unbearable”, which caused throat irritation and difficulties in breathing for staff and patients alike. Authorities say that it appears to be a solvent, and the Canarian health department, Sanidad, has confirmed that the hospital has been completely evacuated, and all activity there has been suspended. The cause of the smell is being investigated.

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