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Raigmore Hospital staff test plans for major incident

Issued: 2 Sep 2008

Staff at Raigmore Hospital were put through their paces today in an exercise designed to test their plans for coping with a major incident.

The scenario for Exercise Thistle was a serious bus accident on the A96 near Nairn. Volunteers from the Red Cross played the parts of 19 casualties, some of whom had serious 'pretend' injuries. Make-up was used to create wounds. The mock patients were triaged and taken to Raigmore where they used a script to tell nursing and medical staff about their injuries.

Hotel Services Manager Derick Macrae has responsibility for Emergency Planning at the hospital. He said: "We have to thank the Red Cross volunteers and staff who helped to make this incident feel real. It brings to life the practical challenges of moving a higher than usual number of patients around the hospital. Our revised procedures for calling in additional staff to respond to the incident were given a thorough test. The aims of this exercise were to identify what works and where there is room for improvement. We have yet to have an in-depth debrief from the exercise but initial comments were that everyone found it an excellent opportunity to think and learn about how they would cope if the unthinkable were to happen to for real."

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