City hospital on alert over terror threat
AS one of the UK’s major trauma centres, staff at University Hospital Coventry have been placed on alert for Bank Holiday terrorist attacks.
They are making sure there are enough staff, blood and equipment to treat victims if terrorists strike in the West Midlands.
The hospital is one of 27 major trauma units around the country being told to get ready for another attack.
NHS England’s Professor Chris Moran said in a memo to the 27 hospitals: “The trauma community in Manchester provided a tremendous response to the atrocity on Monday night and this is a credit to their dedication, skills and preparation.
“You will be aware we have a Bank Holiday weekend. There are a number of things all trauma units can do to prepare for a further incident and I should be grateful if you could disseminate these so that frontline clinicians are aware.”
An NHS England spokesman added: “Since the (Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre) announced the threat level has changed from severe to critical, this triggers longstanding, tried and tested protocols reflected in this letter, which reminds NHS organisations of the precautionary measures they need to take to ensure care is in place should it be needed.”
Among the advice is for hospital staff to make sure there are enough staff and that there is enough blood and equipment. There are also reminders about preventing infection in blast victims. And there is advice about identifying patients who can be discharged to make way for terror victims.
In the wake of the Manchester bombs the terror threat was raised from severe to the highest level of critical.
In 2012 University Hospital was declared a major trauma centre which means there are consultants on duty 24 hours a day rather than just on call during anti-social hours.
The other major trauma centres in the West Midlands which are also on alert are Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, University Hospital North Staffordshire and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.