Ge­orge Eliot A&E evac­u­ated over chem­i­cal scare

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

PART of Nuneaton’s Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency depart­ment had to be evac­u­ated fol­low­ing a chem­i­cal out­break scare. THE drama un­folded at 6pm on Mon­day last week at the Ge­orge Eliot Hospi­tal.

A spe­cial­ist de­con­tam­i­na­tion of­fi­cer from Nuneaton Fire Sta­tion had to be called into ac­tion as the re­cep­tion area at the busy A&E depart­ment was forced to be evac­u­ated.

A man is un­der­stood to have at­tended the A&E depart­ment on Mon­day night with a con­tainer of an un­known chem­i­cal which he said had made him feel un­well.

A Ge­orge Eliot Hospi­tal spokesper­son ex­plained: “A pa­tient at­tended our A&E depart­ment at ap­prox­i­mately 6pm on Septem­ber 24 fol­low­ing sus­pected ex­po­sure to an un­known chem­i­cal.

“The pa­tient and a mem­ber of staff were de­con­tam­i­nated, treated suc­cess­fully and made a full re­cov­ery with the pa­tient be­ing dis­charged later that evening.

“No other pa­tients were af­fected. The A&E re­cep­tion area was tem­po­rar­ily evac­u­ated as a pre­cau­tion, but the unit re­mained open for pa­tients. The whole area has been deep cleaned as a fur­ther pre­cau­tion and is fully op­er­a­tional as usual.”

A spokesper­son for West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (WMAS) con­firmed: “We were called to the Ge­orge Eliot Hospi­tal at 6.53pm fol­low­ing re­ports that a pa­tient had brought in a con­tainer.

“The pa­tient and some­one in Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency had breathed it in and then felt un­well.”

WMAS sent two para­medic of­fi­cers to the scene and li­aised with the hospi­tal.

A spokesper­son for War­wick­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice added: “Our Haz­ardous Ma­te­ri­als Of­fi­cer based out of Nuneaton at­tended at 6.37pm and pro­vided ad­vice to the Ge­orge Eliot Hospi­tal on deal­ing with the in­ci­dent, which was de­ter­mined not to be se­ri­ous.”

The chem­i­cal was dis­posed of by the fire ser­vice.

Ge­orge Eliot hospi­tal in Nuneaton. Pic­ture: Matthew Buchan

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