Acid spill at Addenbrooke’s sparks evacuation

A CHEMICAL spill at Addenbrooke’s Hospital resulted in the area having to be evacuated.

PATIENTS were evacuated after a chemical spill at Addenbrooke’s Hospital this morning.

An unknown number of people were removed from four clinics at the Hills Road site after a small amount of peroxyacetic acid was spilt in an outpatients clinic on the second storey of the building at 7.19am today.

A hazardous materials unit from St Neots was called to tackle the incident, along with a fire crew from St Neots, two fire crews and a rescue vehicle from Cambridge.

Firefighters took specialist advice from a chemical advisor and entered the building wearing breathing apparatus to deal with the spill.

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A spokesman from the hospital said: “One of our outpatient clinics was closed on the advice of the Fire Service after a minor spill of a cleaning product.

“Nobody has been injured.”

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The immediate area around Clinic 10, where the spill took place, was evacuated along with three nearby clinics, Clinic 2A, the Emmeline Centre and Occupational Therapy, while the chemical was removed.

A decontamination unit from the East of England Ambulance Service was also called to the scene but was later stood down.

The spokesman added: “We apologise for any inconvenience but will resume normal service as soon as possible.

“All other clinics are operating as usual.”

Two of the four evacuated clinics – occupational therapy and Clinic 2A – have now reopened.

Patients with appointments in any of the affected clinics today are advised to ring 01223 245151 as some appointments may need to be rearranged.

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