Two critical after Salisbury substance 'exposure'

  • Two critical after Salisbury substance 'exposure'

Two critical after Salisbury substance 'exposure'

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service was called to the hospital's A&E department on Monday to help with the decontamination.

A spokesman for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said earlier: "We are now dealing with a major incident involving a small number of casualties, with a multi-agency response".

A separate triage centre was set up nearby to treat patients while the A&E unit remained closed.

The hospital would not specify how many casualties had been treated.

The closure came just hours after two people collapsed in Salisbury centre on Sunday - leading to speculation the two incidents are linked.

The woman, who was unconscious, was airlifted to Salisbury district hospital at about 5.15pm, while the man was taken by ambulance.

Public Health England (PHE) said there was no "wider risk". Firefighters in specialist suits then decontaminated it.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: "We received a call at approx".

One of the two people in critical condition is a former Russian double agent convicted of treason in Moscow for betraying dozens of spies to British intelligence, two sources close to the investigation told Reuters.

"A major incident has been declared today and a multi-agency response has been co-ordinated".

"Salisbury District Hospital is advising people to still attend routine appointments unless they are contacted".

A PHE spokesman said: "PHE understands that those exposed to the substances have been decontaminated, as is standard practice in situations like this".

We are not asking additional staff to come to site unless contacted directly.

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