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Chemical incident - Addenbrooke's Hospital - Cambridge

At 11.20am on Monday September 2, the operations centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital received a report that an unconfirmed substance had been leaked in the laboratory block.

Crews from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene as a precaution. More than 20 firefighters, including crews from Cambridge, St Neots and Newmarket in Suffolk are at the scene.

Currently no patient services are affected. Fire crews are working with onsite staff and other emergency services to make the area safe.

Six members of Addenbrooke's staff have been treated in A and E for respiratory issues. They are now medically well and continue to be monitored.


Update 5pm

The incident has been scaled back and some of the emergency appliances have now left the scene. A specialist unit is now on site to conduct further monitoring.

No patient services have been cancelled or suspended.


Update 9am

After monitoring the air using specialist equipment, the area was made safe. Crews left the scene of the incident and returned to their stations by 6.15pm.