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Training exercise sees chemical protection suits in use at St Richard’s Hospital

Wednesday June 27, 2018

Exercise ZETA – Monday 2 July – St Richard’s

A training exercise will see staff at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester wear chemical protection suits and erect a decontamination tent outside the Accident & Emergency department on Monday 2 July.

Exercise ZETA is part of Western Sussex Hospital’s duty to test the trust’s emergency planning and business continuity arrangements.

We wish to reassure patients and visitors that the unusual sight of staff dressed in chemical protection suits is nothing to be concerned about

Staff will respond to a scenario that helps train them to carry out their assigned roles should real events at another time require a major incident plan to be actioned.

Emergency planning manager, Mark Stevens, said: “We wish to reassure patients and visitors, as well as colleagues not involved in the exercise, that the unusual sight of staff dressed in chemical protection suits is nothing to be concerned about and that there will be no impact on normal services.

“These exercises are an important part of our annual training programme and are designed to improve our ability to deal with emergency situations.”

Exercise ZETA will involve staff erecting a decontamination tent next to the A&E ambulance entrance, putting on chemical protection suits and washing down volunteers before they enter the hospital.

For the duration of the event, signs and public information will explain Exercise ZETA as a staff training simulation in order to reassure people that there is nothing to be concerned about.

For more information, please contact the trust’s emergency planning team by emailing mark.stevens@wsht.nhs.uk or use #exerciseZETA on social media for live updates on the day.

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