'Major incident' at Salisbury hospital as A&E department is closed

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     NO ENTRY Hospital security staff were forced to turn patients away

SOLVENT NO ENTRY Hospital security staff were forced to turn patients away

Two people were taken to hospital Sunday after falling unconscious at the Maltings shopping centre after exposure to what was then described as an unidentified substance but police now suspect was a highly powerful synthetic opiate called fentanyl.

Police and firefighters are dealing with a "major incident" involving a small number of casualties at a hospital in Wiltshire. Officials have warned that inhaling even a few particles can be lethal.

"People with outpatient appointments in other areas of the hospital can still come in as planned, but we are asking people not to come to the Accident and Emergency department unless it is an emergency".

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

"Police are carrying out a full investigation and working with partner agencies, to clarify the exact circumstances".

"We would continue to appeal to any members of the public who may have information in relation to this incident to contact us immediately via 999".

Public Health England (PHE) said there was no "wider risk".

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, asked patients to choose alternatives where possible so they could prioritise "very sick patients". "The walk in centre is open until 10pm and they will review their opening hours again tomorrow".

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