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Exercise smokescreen September 2013

A full-scale evacuation of a smoke-filled hospital ward was staged as part of a training exercise for emergency services.

Mock emergency exercise smokescreen was held at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton on Wednesday 4 September 2013, to test and develop staff emergency training and procedures in a ‘real life, real time’ situation.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff worked alongside emergency crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Services, Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU) Northallerton colleagues, and other emergency services to fulfil the various roles that would be found in a typical hospital evacuation.

Volunteers posed as patients, with realistic mock injuries and various levels of mobility. The exercise was staged in a vacated ward, away from day-to-day hospital activities. Care of patients at the Friarage Hospital was not affected.

Exercise smokescreen evacuation

Exercise smokescreen at Friarage