Cape Breton Regional Hospital emergency department on lockdown

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says there is no imminent threat to patients, staff or physicians after the emergency department at Cape Breton Regional Hospital was placed on lockdown Tuesday evening.

The emergency department was placed on lockdown around 7 p.m. as a precaution on the advice of police, a spokesperson for the health authority said. There was a heavy police presence outside the hospital on Tuesday night.

The lockdown was implemented after an off-site incident that involved someone who was brought to the hospital for treatment, the spokesperson said.

A code silver had been called at the hospital, which means a person with a weapon. But the health authority said that call was made in error and that staff would be reviewing codes in the near future.

No one from Cape Breton Regional Police was immediately available for comment.

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