On Sunday, the Chesterfield Royal Hospital will take part in a simulated exercise at the Proact Stadium, involving all local emergency services, to test its response to a serious chemical incident.
The exercise will use actors and realistic scenarios that will play out in real time to mimic a potential incident that involves the risk of a person or group of people coming into close contact with a toxic substance and walking into the Royal’s Emergency Department (ED).
The exercise will start at the Proact at around 8.30am with the Royal, Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue all taking part. The precise details of the exercise is being kept under wraps to ensure the specifics of the incident come as a surprise and a genuine challenge to all emergency services and the individuals involved.
Mike Haywood, who is the Royal’s deputy chief operating officer, said: “It’s a real opportunity for us to test out our response to a chemical incident in a controlled way to make sure that we’re prepared in the event of a genuine incident. It’s part of continued efforts to make sure we all know the correct procedures, that all of our equipment is fully operational, present and correct and to learn lessons so that, should we ever be faced with a genuine emergency, the assurances are there that we will react in the right way.
“Our own services will be completely unaffected. It’s taking place on a Sunday morning, mainly using our Emergency Department team who will continue to treat any and all patients as usual. If you do need to use our services then there will be people there to explain what’s happening with the exercise and of course, if you see our decontamination tent in the area with colleagues in biohazard suits, don’t panic! It’s all part of the exercise and our continued efforts to ensure that we are fully prepared in the event of a genuine emergency.”
Please note that due to the exercise being carried, there will be no car boot sale at the Proact this weekend.