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Sandford Community Hospital – 20/11/2023

Location: Sandford Community Hospital

Completed by: John Peters


Describe your premises

Sandford Community Hospital is a two-storey building which has 20 in-patient beds, an out-patient clinic, a physio-therapy unit, and associated administration. The maximum public capacity is in our waiting rooms and that is set at 110. The building sits at the end of a road, in the centre of Sandford, and has both vehicle and pedestrian access to the main entrance. There is a 30-space carpark immediately next to the building. There are 2 entrances to the hospital, and 3 fire-escape exits. Entry 1 - Is a double, motion-activated, sliding door. It can be operated automatically or remotely by the receptionist. They can also lock the door remotely. Entry 2 - Is a double manually operated hinged door, that leads to the community ward. The door is locked by a bolts, mortice lock and also thumb-locks

What type of terrorist attack is likely to occur at the premises?

It is not possible for a car to drive up to any of the doors, as there are bollards preventing this. We do not operate any screening, and so it would be possible to smuggle a gun, sprays, or knife into the building Our security team regularly patrols the public area and would spot anything left behind

Have you identified relevant workers who must receive terrorism protection training and ensured it is provided to them?

We have 2 security staff on duty at any time and 2 receptionist. We have between 10 and 15 medical staff who interact with the public. All these staff have undertake ACT Awareness e-learning and their training records are kept on the NHS CPD recording system. E-learning is part of a suite of activities that all frontline NHS staff have to undertake when joining.

Who will put the plan into action in the event of an incident? How is the plan and relevant information being communicated to workers at the premises?

There is a business manager who is in charge of the hospital on a day to day basis and they will make main decisions. Reception and security staff have all been shown how to lock-down the premises and all have been briefed on the circumstances in which they can do that. Lockdown is practiced every 6 months.


Task 1 – Plan to warn people on the premises than an attack is taking place

We do not have a tannoy system in the hospital and so notifying people of a problem is done either using the fire-alarm or by word of mouth. The receptionist is able to call the community ward on an intercom system.

Task 2 – Plan to lockdown your premises

We have a lock down plan. It is printed and laminated next to the receptionist desk. The receptionist is permitted to hit the lockdown button on their desk. Security will go immediately to the ward entry door and throw the thumb-bolt. Once both these actions are complete, secondary measures, such as bolts and mortice locks can be activated. Staff have been briefed on what to tell anybody in the building. If someone wants to leave the building, they will be encouraged to stay. If they attempt to force their exit, security will check if the area is clear before quickly unlocking the door and letting them out.

Task 3 – Plan to evacuate the premises

We will use our standard fire-evacuation plan. However, we have assessed that it is most likely that any threat will be to downstairs and will give us time to lock down the community ward, rather than attempt to evacuate patients in beds.

Task 4 - Plan to call the emergency services and relay the necessary information

The reception staff have a panic alarm and telephone, linked to a monitoring centre Security staff have person-carried panic alarms, linked to the monitoring centre. Staff have mobile phones.

Task 5 – Use available first aid and fire safety equipment

All staff are trained to NHS FAAW requirements. There are significant dressings stored at the hospital as well as defibrillation equipment. This is not a A&E centre and therefore no special skills or equipment is available.

Task 6 – Consider how you tell your neighbours or local network aware of your plan and alert them in an attack

We work with the community resilience network and share plans with each other

What next?

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