Wye Valley Trust
Decontamination unit used at Wye Valley Trust
PERFORMANCE: An inflatable decontamination unit was set up at Hereford County Hospital after a chemical incident affecting four people.
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Workers from Wye Valley Skips were taken to the hospital after a drum containg hydrofluoric acid was spotted leaking and giving off fumes on Wednesday (15 August).
The four people were successfully decontaminated at around 2pm and were admitted to hospital for observation but released later.
Vanessa Lewis, service unit manager for urgent care at Wye Valley Trust said: “It’s not very often that we need to use our decontamination unit, but we rehearse for these events and I’m pleased to say it all happened smoothly and efficiently.”
Wye Valley NHS Trust worked with the police, Hereford-Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and Herefordshire Council to deal with the incident.
Press statement (attached, right)