Kent and Canterbury Hospital has taken part in a major emergency planning exercise based on the scenario of a fire in a busy dialysis unit. EKHUFT needs to plan for, and respond to, a wide range of incidents and emergencies that could affect health or patient care. These could be anything from extreme weather conditions to an outbreak of an infectious disease or a major transport accident.
During Exercise Druid, volunteers played the role of dialysis patients and their families, who were undergoing treatment at the time of fire. They had a range of injuries and disabilities which meant staff were required to give different levels of care to each of them.
Exercise Druid involved a range of different agencies and emergency response teams. The exercise was supported by Kent Fire and Rescue who created harmless smoke and give the scenario a sense of realism. Fire-fighters also used the relevant breathing apparatus for effect. The number of participants involved included 17 volunteer patients and over 20 volunteer staff from across the services who worked together to create a successful live exercise.