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Stourbridge's Corbett Hospital evacuated after chemical leak

By James Driver-Fisher | Stourbridge | Health | Published:

Patients and staff have been evacuated following a chemical leak at Stourbridge's Corbett Hospital.

Corbett Outpatients Centre, known locally as Corbett Hospital, was evacuated after a chemical leak

A total of 10 people were checked over by ambulance staff, with one being sent to Russells Hall, in Dudley, as a precaution.

All clinics have been postponed while West Midlands Fire Service contains the spill at the outpatient centre, in Vicarage Road, Amblecote.

Bosses at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust say there is no risk to the public.

The fire service says the leak, which was contained to a temperature controlled cabinet, involved about five litres of disinfectant beach solution.

It happened at around 10.40am today.

Diane Wake, Chief Executive at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We can confirm that West Midlands emergency services were called to Corbett Outpatient Centre today following a chemical spillage in a secure, temperature controlled cabinet.

"Our staff followed all the appropriate procedures and evacuated staff and patients in that area affected. There is no risk to the public.

"All clinics have been postponed and patients informed while West Midlands Fire Service contain the incident.

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"The site is temporarily closed while the incident is managed. We are awaiting further updates from West Midlands Fire Service."

The hospital is set to reopen tomorrow and any patient whose appointment was cancelled today will be contacted and offered an alternative clinic slot.

Ten firefighters from Brierley Hill and Stourbridge station attended to help contain the leak.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.

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A spokeswoman said: “Crews have assessed 10 patients who were showing symptoms relating to the incident.

"Following assessment, nine of them were able to be discharged at the scene. The tenth patient, a woman, was taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital as a precaution.”

One patient, who wished not to be named, said: "All the nearby roads were closed off but we did not get evacuated at first but you could definitely taste something in the air.

"It must've been quite serious because of how many ambulances were there."

James Driver-Fisher

By James Driver-Fisher

Motorsport journalist and entertainment and food reviewer for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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