NHS hospitals told to prepare for fresh terror attacks over bank holiday weekend : i News

NHS hospitals have been warned to prepare for potential fresh terrorist attacks as soon as this weekend, as part of the process triggered by the national threat level being raised to critical. The NHS has told every hospital in England, including the 27 that are specialist trauma centres, to “prepare for a further incident”. Surgical teams must be ready to treat people injured in bomb blasts or hit by shrapnel, as part of the measures triggered by the increased threat level. ‘There are a number of things you can do’ It is the first time since the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 that NHS hospital trusts have been told to prepare for a major terrorist attack. The warning to the 27 trauma centres came from NHS England’s national clinical director for trauma Chris Moran, a surgeon and professor. Moran’s message to the centres, which was obtained by the Health Service Journal, 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.”

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