The Army Medical Services Training Centre (AMSTC) recently supported York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as it operated a live training exercise.
The training was designed to test the trust’s major incident response plans.
The event, called LIVEX18, was an immersive simulation exercise based in AMSTC’s hospital trainer, which is used to train the military’s medical response to major incident and conflict situations – ranging from the response to the Ebola epidemic to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The operation offered a unique opportunity to test the trust’s reaction to a mass casualty scenario, within a full-scale reconstruction of the emergency departments and supporting areas.
More than 400 participants, including doctors, nurses, managers, allied health professionals, porters and security staff took part in the exercise.
Dr Phil Dickinson, consultant anaesthetist at Scarborough Hospital and the exercise clinical director, said: “It is vital that the NHS plans for, and responds to, a wide range of incidents and emergencies that could affect health or patient care.
“This means we need to be ready to deal with a major incident whenever it happens.”