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Hospital to carry out controlled emergency evacuation exercise
1:07pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A HOSPITAL will be holding a planned emergency fire evacuation exercise to help staff practice real life situations in a controlled way.
The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton will be holding the exercise on Wednesday, September 4 at 10am until 12.30pm.
The evacuation will involve North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service and other emergency services, and will allow doctors and nurses to make sure they are able to react under real-time pressure to safely get patients out of a hospital ward.
Stewards will advise patients, relatives and visitors of the activities taking place on the day and ensure there is minimal disruption to the normal running of the hospital.
For realism the planned emergency evacuation will see about 30 hospital and military personnel acting as patients and staff trapped in a smoke-filled ward on the top floor of the hospital.
No patients will take part in the exercise and patient care will not be disrupted. Three fire engines will be involved in the exercise, and crews will be using an aerial ladder platform.
The bus route through the hospital site will be re-routed on to Bullamoor Road on the morning when the exercise is in progress, with temporary bus stops in place.
Emergency planning manager and Friarage Hospital manager, Donna Jermyn, said: 'We want to make people aware of what is happening at the hospital during the exercise so they are not worried.
“I would like to reassure patients and visitors this training exercise for staff and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, is to ensure we have the best practices in place should a fire break out in the hospital.”
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