A PORT Glasgow man taken to Inverclyde Royal Hospital at 1am after suffering a seizure had a syringe containing heroin in his trouser pocket.

Graham Pearson, 38, sparked a call to police after the hypodermic needle fell out onto the floor within the accident and emergency department.

Prosecutor Sean Docherty told the sheriff court: "When in a patient room a nurse noted a needle with brown fluid within. Its contents later tested positive for diamorphine."

Defence lawyer Edel McGinty said: "Mr Pearson has suffered drug addiction in the past and had a relapse.

"He had a seizure earlier and that was the reason why he'd been conveyed to the hospital."

Sheriff Michael Higgins deferred sentence on Pearson, of Robert Street, until July 28 for his personal appearance in court.