Statement from Lorna Wilkinson, Director of Nursing, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Following the incident in Salisbury on Sunday, we are treating three inpatients at Salisbury District Hospital. A man in his 60s and a women in her 30s remain in a critical, but stable condition in intensive care after being exposed to a nerve agent. The police officer, who was also part of the initial response, is conscious in a serious but stable condition.

“In addition to the three inpatients receiving treatment, in line with Public Health England guidance which asked anyone who was in the area and concerned to come forward if feeling unwell, we have seen and assessed a number of people who did not require further treatment.

“The expert advice is that there is no evidence to suggest a wider public health risk at this time. If anyone is concerned about their health or displaying symptoms which give any cause for concern, they should dial 111 or 999 depending on the severity of their symptoms.

“We are very proud of our staff and we would like to use this opportunity to thank them for the professionalism and the way they have responded to this incident.”