Hospitals told to ‘prepare for a further incident’ by NHS England

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UHNM Major Trauma Centre

NHS England has told NHS Hospitals and Major Trauma Centres to prepare for a further incident following Monday’s attack on Manchester.

NHS England has informed every hospital in England, especially the 27 that are specialise in trauma, to “prepare for a further incident” after the attack on Manchester this week. The security alert level remains at ‘critical’ implying that another attack is imminent.

This is the first time since the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 that NHS hospital trusts have been told to prepare for the possibility of a large-scale terrorist attack.

Chris Moran, a surgeon and professor, who is NHS England’s national clinical director for trauma said: “The trauma community in Manchester has provided a tremendous response to the atrocity on Monday night and this is a credit to their dedication and clinical skills, and also the preparation that has taken place.

“You will be aware that we have a bank holiday weekend approaching. There are a number of things that all trauma units and major trauma centres can do to prepare for a further incident and I should be grateful if you could disseminate these within your network so that frontline clinicians are aware.”

The Health Service Journal, which obtained Moran’s message, reported: “The message advised surgical teams to prepare for the consequences of attacks by reviewing the early management of patients with blast and ballistic injuries, as well as advice on dealing with infections and use of antibiotics.”

In a separate letter to trusts, Anne Rainsberry, NHS England’s national incident director, advised them to review their staffing levels and supplies of blood and equipment, as well as patients who could be discharged quickly to free up beds in case an incident occurred.