York & North Yorkshire

Harrogate Hospital acid scare prompts evacuation

Fire crews at Harrogate Hospital
Image caption Fire crews were called to Harrogate Hospital at about 08:40 GMT after reports of a chemical spill
Fire crews at Harrogate Hospital
Image caption Firefighters wearing gas-tight suits went into the endoscopy unit at the hospital to make the chemical safe
Fire crews at Harrogate Hospital
Image caption About 100 people were evacuated from the hospital while fire crews dealt with the incident
Fire crews at Harrogate Hospital
Image caption Firefighters left the hospital at about 10:15 GMT. The hospital said there had only been minor delays in the outpatients department

About 100 outpatients, visitors and staff were evacuated from a hospital in North Yorkshire due to an acid spill.

Firefighters wearing gas-tight suits were sent into Harrogate Hospital to tackle fumes caused by the spill in the endoscopy unit at about 08:40 GMT.

The spill involved a drum containing peracetic acid which was soon made safe, the fire service said.

No-one was injured and there had been "no impact" on inpatients, a hospital spokesman said.

The incident had caused minor delays in the outpatients department, but patients with appointments should attend as normal, he added.

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