Chemical incident was false alarm

A possible chemical incident at Ipswich Hospital was a false alarm, fire chiefs have confirmed.

A spokeswoman for the Suffolk Fire Service said: “Fire crews stood down from the scene at 5.13pm.

“The smell was traced to a container which has been sealed off and left on site for hospital staff to dispose of in an incinerator.

“The incident was a false alarm.”

Fire crews were called to the site after a funny smell was reported as coming from one of the rooms of the Garrett Anderson building.

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The fire service were asked to attend shortly before 4pm this afternoon.

A spokeswoman said it is business as usual and no patients have been evacuated.

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She said: “A funny smell was noticed in one of the treatment rooms in the emergency department.

“Staff took the precaution of closing the area off and called the fire service to investigate.”

No more details are available at this time.

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