Sutton Cottage Hospital evacuated after reports of 'unknown spillage'

BPM images of fire fighters outside medical centre
Firefighters at the scene Credit: BPM Media

A medical centre in Sutton Coldfield was evacuated after people inside reportedly "felt nauseous".

Firefighters evacuated Sutton Cottage Hospital at around 2pm this afternoon (Tuesday 14 March) following reports of an unknown spillage.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said three people have been assessed after falling ill.

Police closed a section of Birmingham Road, where the hospital is based, both ways.

Emergency services at the scene Credit: BPM Media

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 2.02pm with reports of a spillage of an unknown chemical on the ground floor of Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital. We sent crews from Sutton Coldfield and Erdington and a hazardous materials team.

"We are trying to establish what it is and the quantity of it."

The road was closed in both directions Credit: BPM Media

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said the incident was only "minor".

A trust spokesperson said: "Having investigated, this turns out to have been a minor incident with minimal disruption but necessary precautionary protocols were followed.

"Some fumes from that adhesive appear to have been smelt inside via an open window.

Someone attending a clinic complained of feeling unwell and so the ambulance service was called as a precaution and building evacuated."