Part of St Helens Hospital evacuated

St Helens Hospital
St Helens Hospital

Operating theatres at St Helens Hospital were evacuated after a chemical spill.

A quantity of chemical liquid leaked from mechanical equipment in an operating theatre on the first floor of the hospital on Tuesday morning.

Nine people have been given precautionary checks by North West Ambulance Service but no further medical treatment is required.

Station manager Phil Byrne

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 9.07am and crews were alerted at 9.10am. They were on scene at 9.15am.

Three fire engines attended the incident, together with officers from the MFRS Hazardous Material Team and a Command Support Unit.

Crews wearing chemical protection suits entered the area to contain the leak.

Absorbent mats were placed in the affected area and ventilation is underway.

An operating suite in the first floor of the hospital have been evacuated and nine people have been given precautionary checks by paramedics.

Station Manager Phil Byrne, Incident Commander at the scene, said: “We attended an incident at St Helens Hospital involving a quantity of chemical liquid that had leaked from mechanical equipment.

“We swiftly evacuated a number of operating theatres and placed absorbent materials in the area to soak up the liquid.

“Nine people have been given precautionary checks by North West Ambulance Service but no further medical treatment is required.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is now scaling down its attendance but will remain on scene for the next few hours to assist environmental health and safety specialists in assessing the incident.

“Our priority is to ensure all staff, patients and visitors at the hospital remain safe.”