LONDON: Health chiefs have launched an investigation as the Royal Family – and the rest of the world – awaits Kateâ€™s second baby, thought to be a week overdue.
Cocaine may have been snorted in toilets just yards from the private hospital ward where the Duchess of Cambridge is about to give birth.
Tests found traces of the drug in a cistern at St Maryâ€™s in London.
Health chiefs have launched an investigation and vowed to take Âimmediate action against anyone abusing drugs at the hospital.
The discovery comes as the Royal Family are on tenterhooks waiting for Kateâ€™s baby, thought to be a week overdue, to arrive.
And scores of diehard fans are camped outside St Maryâ€™s Hospital in Paddington, West London.
A spokeswoman for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said: â€œWe take the safety of our patients and staff extremely seriously.
â€œWe have 24/7 security cover at all our hospitals with regular patrols and CCTV covering key areas both outside and inside buildings, constantly Âmonitored by our security teams.
â€œWe work closely with police to Âinvestigate reports thoroughly and take action to ensure the safety of our colleagues, patients and their Âfamilies.
â€œIf there are signs that a person is abusing substances on one of our sites we will take immediate action to address this.â€
The Mirror used drug testing wipes on a surface behind a toilet cistern in a public area of the Cambridge Wing, yards from the Lindo Wing maternity ward at the hospital.
It showed positive for the Class A drug.
The screening Âequipment, used by police and the NHS, turns blue to indicate traces of powder or crack cocaine crystals.
The company behind the Âequipment say the tests Ââ€œpresumptively identify cocaine from trace amounts of residue present on surfaces that have been in contact with cocaine or handled with contaminated handsâ€.
Forensic lab tests to confirm the presence of the drug are yet to be carried out.
The Mirror passed on the Âinformation to royal officials and health bosses.
Kensington Palace said tonight that it was â€œa matter for the hospitalâ€.
Kate, 33, and Prince William, 32, had their first child, George, at St Maryâ€™s in July 2013. It has been the birthplace of Âgenerations of the Royal Family and the facilities are thought to be among the best in the world.
The Duchess could be induced within days. Parking restrictions at the hospital were extended today for another five days, suggesting the wait for the baby could go into May.
They have already been in place for more than two weeks as the worldâ€™s media gather to report on the birth.
Kate was spotted out and about driving on Tuesday with no sign of being in labour.
She had recently told supporters on an official engagement she was due â€œmid to late Aprilâ€.
Westminster Council has confirmed that the parking Ârestrictions will stay in place until May 5.
It came amid speculation today that Kate had been swimming at Buckingham Palaceâ€™s pool to help bring on labour naturally.
She was spotted arriving at the royal residence for the second day running. – Mirror