PATIENTS and staff had to be evacuated from accident & emergency at St Richard’s Hospital early this morning (March 5) after a bomb scare.
At least one anonymous call is understood to have been received saying an explosive device had been left in one of the toilets.
The claim turned out to be bogus as nothing was found, but in the meantime everyone in A&E was evacuated as a precaution while it was investigated.
A source suggested there were two calls claiming a bomb had been left and that staff and patients were evacuated at around 3.30am and allowed back into the hospital at 4am.
Sussex Police confirmed the incident, saying it was being treated as a ‘malicious hoax’.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has released the following statement.
Rob Haigh, deputy medical director, said: “The A&E department at St Richard’s Hospital received a call in the early hours of the morning to say there was a bomb in the building.
“Sussex Police were immediately informed and the department was evacuated as a precaution while a thorough search was carried out. Nothing suspicious was found and patients and staff returned after approximately 30 minutes.
“All patients and staff remained safe throughout the incident.
“We will continue to assist the police with their investigation and urge anyone with further information to contact them by emailing email@example.com or calling 101.”