Police issue update after suspected chemical incident closes A&E department at Bassetlaw Hospital

The accident and emergency department at Bassetlaw Hospital was closed this morning after a patient arrived “after exposure to an unknown chemical substance.”

Wednesday, 20th April 2022, 9:58 am

The A&E department and part of the car park was closed.

Bosses at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have issued at update on the incident.

The accident and emergency department at Bassetlaw Hospital, in Worksop, was closed this morning.

In a statement they said they anticipated that the A&E department would reopen at 9.30am.

The statement added: “The service 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 will safely reopen - no additional harm occurred during this incident and we thank colleagues for their response and our communities for their patience in this matter.”

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews from across Notts, Leicestershire and Derbyshire attended the scene.

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.”

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