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Emergency services to put teamwork to test in major incident exercise

2 June 2016, Kelly White, Senior Communications officer

Emergency services from across Hertfordshire will put their plans and training to the test as part of a major incident exercise at St Albans City Hospital on Friday 24 June.

The live element of the exercise will take place at St Albans City Hospital with a simulated incident. The exercise will involve organisations from across Hertfordshire including the Emergency Services, Local Authorities and Health Partners. Emergency services primary role is to deal with the exercise scenario they will additionally be supported by specialist rescue units.

Kevin Hornett, Head of Emergency Planning and Resilience at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: "It will be a great opportunity for organisations from across Hertfordshire to come together and test our preparations for a major incident. Representatives from each organisation will observe the roles carried out by their colleagues during the day to test their response and learn from the exercise.

"As a receiving centre, our clinicians would play a major role in managing critically injured casualties and liaising with our partners in this type of situation, so this activity will enable us to see what we already do well as a group and where we could improve".

He added: "we are particularly pleased that by using volunteers from West Herts College to participate as live casualties; this will provide valuable experience and learning”.

Sally Tucker, Chief Operating Officer added: “These exercises are an essential part of our planning for serious and large-scale incidents and we look forward to welcoming our partner organisations for what we hope will be a very useful and productive event".

There will be no disruption to patient services during the course of the training exercise and all hospital activity, including access to the site, will function as normal.

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  1. For more information, please contact Kelly White, Senior Communications officer at the Trust’s Communications department on telephone: 01923 436 280 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.