Bassetlaw Hospital's A&E closed after chemical incident

Bassetlaw A&E
Bassetlaw A&E

An Accident and Emergency department was closed due to a chemical incident, hospital bosses say

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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop at 5.10am.

Crews from across the county and neighbouring Leicestershire were sent to the scene.

The response had since been scaled down.

In a post on social media, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said the rest of the hospital remained open.

The emergency department reopened shortly before 10am.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “Emergency services were called to Bassetlaw Hospital shortly after 5am this morning after a man was treated for injuries caused by an unknown substance.

“Enquiries so far have not led to the identification of a noxious substance.

“Investigations are ongoing at the hospital and at an address in Albert Road, Retford, where the man was injured.”

A spokesperson at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals said: "The Emergency Department was temporarily closed earlier this morning as a patient presented after exposure to an unknown chemical substance. The appropriate decontamination procedures were followed and colleagues worked with the relevant agencies. Following final checks, the Emergency Department has safely reopened.

"No additional harm occurred during this incident and we thank colleagues for their rapid response and our communities for their patience in this matter."

"We were in attendance at an incident involving a chemical at Bassetlaw Hospital however this has now been scaled down and the last of the crews will be leaving shortly.

"We received the call at 05:10 (20 April 2022) this morning with crews from across the county as well Leicestershire in attendance at its height.

"The emergency department was closed at the hospital but has now been reopened."