Hospital on ‘high’ alert

THE University Hospital of Hartlepool was put on high alert after yesterday’s incident.

The hospital, which is run by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, put its major incident plan into action which is regularly practised by medics for incidents like this.

A decontamination unit was set up at the Holdforth Road hospital in case people were rushed to hospital for treatment, but it was not used.

Two police officers and three paramedics were decontaminated with soap and water at the Steetley site before being taken to hospital in Hartlepool as a precaution.

A spokeswoman said: “The normal thing we do is call a major incident when something like this happens.

“It is something where we might get casualties so we put our major incident plan into place so we deal with the incident with the least affect on other areas of the hospital.”

She added: “Two police officers and three ambulance staff were decontaminated at the scene and were brought to the University Hospital of Hartlepool for checks as a precaution.”