Ebola exercise at Great Western Hospital

Posted: December 1, 2014

Testing our preparedness

Staff at the Great Western Hospital (GWH) will be running through their response to receiving a patient with suspected Ebola on Wednesday 3 December (11.00am-2.00pm). 

Although the overall risk of Ebola to the UK remains low, this important simulation exercise aims to test the hospital's plans for safely caring for a patient with suspected Ebola, which are based on agreed and tested national guidance.

A member of the Trust's Infection, Prevention and Control team will play the patient who will initially turn up to SEQOL's Urgent Care Centre on the GWH site.

The patient will then be taken to the Emergency Department where they will receive tests.

The patient will be cared for in an isolated room to minimise contact with other people while they are waiting for the results.

In reality, if a patient tests positive for Ebola then arrangements will be made for the patient to be transferred to the High Level Isolation Unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Wednesday will also give staff the opportunity to practice specific procedures whilst wearing extra personal protective equipment, for example taking blood samples while wearing two pairs of gloves and a full face visor.

Further information

Information on Ebola can be found on the NHS Choices website:  www.nhs.uk/conditions/ebola-virus/pages/ebola-virus.aspx.

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