POLICE are in attendance at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) following reports of a male acting suspiciously in the hospital grounds.
Earlier this morning users on Twitter had speculated that patients and staff had been evacuated due to a gunman, but Police Scotland have stated that it was ‘not being treated as a firearms incident’.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed a search had been undertaken and that no-one had been traced.
“Officers attended the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at 9.06 am today, Thursday 22nd June, after staff became suspicious about a man seen in the hospital.
“Officers attended and made a search of the hospital along with NHS security.
“The man was not traced and further inquiries are being carried out to establish his reason for being at the hospital.”
Jim Crombie, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Lothian said: “This morning Police investigated reports of a suspicious individual at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.
“Normal security protocols were followed, however there was no formal evacuation. A search of the hospital has been completed, the hospital is operating as normal and outpatients are being advised to attend their appointments as planned.
“There was no evacuation and people weren’t asked to report to muster stations.”