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Local NHS staff to test their emergency plans in live exercise


Local NHS staff will be testing their emergency plans next weekend when they take part in a live scenario.

A live decontamination exercise will take place at Scunthorpe General Hospital on Saturday 29 September

Exercise Glass will involve staff in the emergency centre who will be asked to respond to self-presenting contaminated casualties from an incident scenario resulting in members of the public needing to be decontaminated.

The live exercise will test the Trust’s emergency plans and it will be an excellent practical training opportunity for staff to put their skills into practice using specialist equipment that thankfully is very rarely used.

Graham Jaques, resilience manager at the Trust, said: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused to anyone visiting the hospital on Saturday, but it is vital that we ensure our emergency teams are prepared for incidents such as these.” 

“The exercise will test our decontamination and ‘command and control’ processes in our emergency department which will provide essential learning in preparation for any real life event.” 

The hospital will be open as usual and there will be no impact on A&E services as additional staff have been drafted in for the exercise. 

The exercise will be carried out between 9am and 12pm with the help of volunteers who will act as ‘casualties’.


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