Salisbury District Hospital prepares for a chemical incident

SDH chemical exercise 2017

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:01am 14th September 2017. (Updated at 1:35pm 14th September 2017)

Don't worry if you see lots of activity at our local hospital, it's all part of a special exercise.

Don't be alarmed if you see lots of casualties at Salisbury District Hospital today (14th September).

The hospital is holding a training exercise to prepare for a major incident involving chemicals on the ramp outside the emergency department.

The live simulation involves 30 people, mostly hospital staff who are playing the role of casualties.

The full details of some of the scenarios re-enacted were kept secret from those taking part, to make it as real as possible.

SDH chemical exercise 2017

Chief Operating Officer of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust told Spire FM:

"We're not expecting everything to go perfectly today, we're expecting there to be things that we need to learn from. There are also a number of people involved making sure that none of this impacts on the running of the hospital as well.

"What we're doing is testing our procedures before going into the emergency department.  So if you go past those double doors today, there is nothing to see it's all to see out on the ramp.

"We're not doing this in response to any intelligence, this is us actively practicing our major incident procedures at the hospital.  The one thing you can't do in a major incident is get the manual out, you need to just know what to do."

SDH chemical exercise 2017

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