PATIENTS at Antrim Area Hospital were moved from their beds on Saturday morning after workmen hit a gas pipe on the main site.
Police and emergency crews attended the site after 8am when the accident occurred.
Staff were able to accommodate patients from the Accident and Emergency department and the main building to other areas in the hospital. The alert was stood down at 10am and the hospital functioned normally the rest of the day.
Speaking after the incident, Northern Trust Chief Executive Sean Donaghy, said: “We have plans in place for incidents such as this, and we review and rehearse them frequently.
“I am pleased the alert process went smoothly, with minimum disruption to patients and that we are now back to normal business.
“Staff on the hospital site acted quickly to minimise disruption and ensure patient safety and I would like to thank them, the fire service and PSNI”.