Small incident at Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary

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Textbook response to minor chemical spill in city's Southside.

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A small chemical spillage within the stairwell of a Glasgow hospital saw firefighters called to the scene.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) received an automated call to the Victoria Infirmary on Langside Road in the city’s Southside at 10am Monday (June 24).

Group Manager Jim McNeil, the senior SFRS officer at the incident, explained: “Two staff members were moving a small quantity of chemicals within the hospital stairway when a slight spillage occurred.

“The NHS staff did exactly what they should: They immediately broke the glass auto-alarm, which informed our Operations Control at Johnstone and mobilised three appliances.

“Firefighters arrived in four minutes and controlled access to the stairwell. The incident was between the fourth and fifth floors.

“A fire service hazardous materials officer and a Glasgow Scientific Services adviser gathered samples and confirmed the quantities involved were very, very low.

“With it being so localised and the stairwell sealed off there was no need to evacuate wards. The incident was scaled down and handed over to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for their staff to clean up using their own procedures.”

The two men transporting the liquid were immediately given treatment in the hospital’s accident and emergency department, with one thought to have been splashed in the eyes.  

SFRS crews from Castlemilk, Calton and Clydesmill were involved in the incident.