A CIGARETTE was behind a 'false' alarm which meant part of a hospital had to be cleared as firefighters attended to investigate the cause.

Photos were shared of a large crowd outside the main entrance to Worcester hospital yesterday afternoon.

We can now reveal more details about why firefighters were at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. 

A spokesperson for the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said fire engines attended just before 5pm.

"This was a false alarm caused by smoking materials," he said. 

We have also approached Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for a comment.

We reported yesterday how a substantial group of people were gathered outside the main entrance of the hospital in Charles Hastings Way, including people in wheelchairs.