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Alert over chemical spill at Edinburgh Western General

Staff had to be evacuated from a department at an Edinburgh hospital following a chemical spill.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said a man and a woman had been exposed to formaldehyde following an accident at the Western General Hospital.

The incident happened at 14:50 in the hospital's pathology department.

More than 30 firefighters were at the scene dealing with the chemical spillage.

Lothian and Borders Police said: "There is no concern for the public because it has been contained in the lab."

Jackie Sansbury, chief operating officer for NHS Lothian, said: "There was a minor chemical leak in the Pathology Unit of the Western General Hospital today.

"Two members of staff were assessed by the ambulance service as a precaution, however did not require treatment.

"Staff were evacuated from the immediate area and we are currently taking advice from colleagues at Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service.

"No patients were affected and there will be a full investigation into the cause."

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