When the electricity went out at the Kettering Health Network on Monday night, many patients and staff were left without power, and the network’s emergency communications were overwhelmed.
KETTERING HEALTH NETWORK – AP article The Kettering health system is a regional public health agency in the North West, and its operations are heavily reliant on the emergency communications provided by the emergency services.
The emergency services are the first responders when a power failure occurs, and they are responsible for providing emergency services as needed.
In 2017, the Ketters network suffered an unprecedented level of damage from a severe power outage that resulted in the deaths of 11 patients, a hospitalisation of a patient and three staff.
At the time of the incident, the network was operating at half capacity.
As of Monday, the emergency service’s communication system had been upgraded, and patients were able to access a range of services such as food banks, health clinics and other community services.
A spokesperson for the Ketter Health Network said the network had upgraded its emergency communications to a more robust system on Monday, and was still providing the network with vital support.
“At this time we are working to provide a full range of emergency services to the patients and our staff,” the spokesperson said.
This incident was not the first time that the Ketting health network had suffered a severe blackout.
A severe power loss in March this year left the network without power for hours, resulting in a severe outbreak of food poisoning in a local hospital.
While it is not uncommon for a health facility to have a short power outage due to a power issue, the level of devastation caused by the power failure at Kettering on Monday was unprecedented, and led to the immediate loss of staff, including nurses, social workers and paramedics.
There were also fears that the network might not have enough fuel to run the generators that are required to operate the emergency response systems.
Emergency services were also unable to contact a number of residents at the scene of the power outage.
Several residents who live near the Kettys Health Centre reported that they could hear the emergency messages in the network, but were unable to connect to them.
According to the spokesperson for Kettering, there are approximately 50 residents who are affected by this incident, and about 10 emergency services workers and volunteers are assisting in the recovery effort.
He said the Ketteen Health Centre had been providing emergency service services to all residents at that time.
It is not clear when the power will be restored to the Kettenburg Health Centre, but it is hoped that the community can get back to normal in the next few days.
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