Thieves raid Swaffham hospital

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Thieves have raided a hospital and stolen gas cylinders.

Two cylinders of nitrous oxide, which is commonly known as laughing gas, were taken from the stores at Swaffham Community Hospital in Sporle Road.

Staff at the hospital, run by the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, say the theft, which happened between November 1 and 21, have not affected services.

Assistant director of specialists services Jane Webster said: “A locked external storage area at Swaffham Community Hospital was recently broken into and two cylinders of nitrous oxide were stolen. The police have been made aware of this incident.

“We have since replaced the storage area’s damaged lock and made alternative arrangements for the future storage of the cylinders at the hospital.

“Nitrous oxide is a gas used by our dental clinic, which has been unaffected by this incident. Using the gas without expert clinical supervision potentially poses a health risk, so if anybody finds the cylinders they are asked to report them to the trust.”




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