City hospi­tal on alert over ter­ror threat

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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