Emergency nursing during major incident plans
When the extent of the Grenfell Tower fire became clear, nearby St Mary’s Hospital activated a major incident plan – for the third time in three months.
As the major trauma centre for north west London, the hospital also cared for casualties from the two terrorist attacks in the capital – in Westminster and Borough Market.
Recent months have seen an intense period of major incidents for a number of emergency departments (EDs), both in the capital and in Manchester, where 22 people died and more than 100 were injured in a suicide bomb attack.
James Bird, lead nurse for emergency medicine at St Mary’s, which is part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, says that normally a major incident would be expected once every three years. On all three recent occasions, staff at the hospital provided rapid, exceptional care for a...
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