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Hospital patients moved as fire crews tackle chemical spill

Some patients have had to move wards as firefighters deal with a chemical spill in a hospital.

No-one has been injured but two wards have been cleared as a precaution at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Sodium hypochlorite, a disinfectant, was spilled near the basement of the hospital, the fire service said.

The chemical can cause irritation if inhaled and burning if it comes into contact with skin. Exposure can also cause headaches and vomiting.

Firefighters wearing chemical suits have been at the scene since around 10.30am.

Hospital director Lyn McDonald said: "We were alerted this morning to a suspected chemical incident within a non-patient area of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

"The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently on-site.

"As a precautionary measure we have moved some patients from two wards which were near to the affected area."

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