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Emergency drill to simulate effects of hotel explosion at Sligo University Hospital

Jul 28, 2022 07:07 By Shannonside News
Emergency drill to simulate effects of hotel explosion at Sligo University Hospital Emergency drill to simulate effects of hotel explosion at Sligo University Hospital
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The casualties from an imagined gas explosion at a hotel will be processed and triaged during the drill this morning

A major emergency drill is taking place at Sligo University Hospital this morning.

The simulation training involves the National Ambulance Service and the HSE responding to a gas explosion at a local hotel.

The fictional event is designed to test the response of the crews to an emergency as well as the internal structures of both organisations.

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Hospital management has confirmed that there will be no impact to services at the facility but visitors can expect additional ambulance vehicles, personnel and casualty clearance station tents on site.

John Joe McGowan is the Chief Ambulance Officer for the West he says today's training is of huge benefit when responding to future call outs:

This exercise is really to test our major incident capacity

We're simulating that there will be 70 patients from the explosion

There all going to be facilitated and transported to Sligo University hospital

The use of emergency plans will see the use of other hospitals.

That's why we need to test the plans so that we're able to kick them in rapidly and run everything smoothly.

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