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Oxygen levels dropped dangerously at children's hospital

Medical Independent uncovers ‘near miss’ at Temple Street hospital when stocks ran low during the freezing conditions of last December.

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STOCKS OF BOTTLED oxygen dropped “below optimum levels” at Temple Street Children’s Hospital during the freezing weather conditions of last winter.

James Fogarty of the Medical Independent learned that the management committee described the difficulties of keeping stocks up in December when road deliveries were limited as a “near miss”.

Also uncovered by a Freedom of Information request was an incident in which a staff member at Temple Street became ill after taking a shower at the hospital. It was found that water in the show had a high level of chlorine and the hospital has since taken a complete review of the water system.

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