EMERGENCY services were called to a "small chemical leak" at a Hampshire hospital.

Reports said at least four fire engines could be seen parked outside the Royal Hampshire County Hospital at Romsey Road, Winchester, earlier this evening.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue (HIWFRS) was alerted shortly after 5.30pm.

A HIWFRS spokesperson said: "We were called at 17:42 following a small chemical leak at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

"The area has been evacuated and two casualties have been assessed by an on-site team.

"Crews from Eastleigh, Redbridge and Romsey are currently on the scene working to contain the leak and clear the affected area."

In an update he added: "Firefighters have worked to contain the spillage and make the contaminated area safe. 

"We have worked closely with the onsite teams to ensure there was no impact on hospital services. 

"The stop message came in at 2109 with crews now returning to station."

In a statement issued earlier this evening Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "We can confirm that the local fire service are currently on-site at our Winchester hospital, purely as a precautionary measure.

"There is no impact to patient care or our services and we, as ever, continue to be here for anyone who requires urgent and emergency care."

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