Major incident exercise at UHS

Southampton General Hospital was transformed into a scene of terror and violence as a major incident exercise was played out by emergency services.

The exercise involving 150 participants involved personnel from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, South Central Ambulance Service, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Hampshire Constabulary.

The scenario involved a gang-related mass brawl, spilling out onto a street where a petrol bomb was then thrown and further violence erupted.

Once the initial violent scenes were quelled casualties, some with life-like injuries,  were moved to the hospital’s clinical skills training centre where paramedics handed them over to clinicians in the major trauma team.

As the emergency crews swung into action, their responses were being monitored by observers and students as part of the training process.

Rob Crouch, deputy director of major trauma at UHS, said the exercise was a vital experience for all the teams involved.

“It is fundamental that we practice these scenes and learn these skills together. It has taken months of planning and preparation to ensure we get the most out of this exercise without impacting other areas of our day to day work.

“This exercise is a really effective way  to simulate how we collaborate and coordinate our responses with our multi-agency partners in the event of a real-life major incident.”