NT Health says hospitals have enough backup supplies after huge medical supply warehouse blaze

Northern Territory health authorities say its hospitals have enough backup medical supplies to last a few days without affecting patient care — before more supplies are due to arrive — after a huge fire tore through a supply warehouse in Darwin.

The warehouse in the suburb of Berrimah was filled with critical daily supplies for hospitals across the Top End, including emergency medical equipment, disposable sheets for surgeries, gloves and plaster.

Chief Minister Natasha Fyles said the impact of Sunday’s fire would be “significant”.

“To both our system and also the cost, but all of that is too early to tell the total figures,” she said.

Fire and emergency services said on Sunday the fire caused about $30 million worth of damage to property and supplies, but Ms Fyles today said that figure was still being substantiated.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Firefighters remained at the scene on Monday morning, as it continued to smoulder.

Ms Fyles said emergency contingencies had been rolled out to minimize any disruption to services.

A large corrugated iron warehouse damaged by fire, with some sheets having fallen off and smoke lingering around it.
The warehouse supplied by Royal Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Gove Hospitals.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

“We’re now working through what supplies we have in other warehouses, what supplies we have within our hospitals,” Ms Fyles said.

“So it might be that we have some supplies we can shift to different locations – all of that’s being worked through.”


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