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Walsall Manor Hospital sealed off during incident

By Liam Keen | Walsall | Health | Published:

Walsall Manor Hospital was sealed off today after a man was found 'covered in white powder'.

The scene at Walsall Manor Hospital. Photo: @thewulfran

Emergency services sealed off the hospital's A&E unit this afternoon.

The man was decontaminated by fire crews and the white powder is being examined by a specialist fire team.

The fire service also confirmed that the hospital was not evacuated and there's not believed to be any risk to the public, while the amount of emergency services on the scene was scaled down.

Images from the scene show fire crews, police and the ambulance service outside the hospital's A&E.

A chemical tent was also put up and officers were spotted wearing bio suits as the hospital was sealed off.

West Midlands Fire Service confirmed on Twitter that they had crews from Walsall, Bloxwich and Willenhall at the hospital, joined by West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust has since released a statement about the incident. A spokesman said: "Emergency services are working together at Walsall Manor hospital following an incident involving a patient earlier today.

"The male patient arrived at the Emergency Dept (ED) and alerted staff to a powdered substance on his body which is currently being tested by specialists.

"The patient was isolated according to the correct decontamination procedures and did not come into contact with other patients.

"The main entrance is currently closed to the public but the department is still open as usual. Anyone that needs to access ED is asked to use the entrance by ward 29."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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