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Emergency Planning

The Emergency Planning Team assist the Isle of Wight NHS Trust in meeting it's statutory duties as defined within the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. The Civil Contingencies Act provides a framework to ensure a consistent level of civil protection activity across the UK. It also ensures that the UK is ready to face the threats of the 21st Century. The Act places the following duties on the Isle of Wight NHS Trust;

  • Assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning
  • Put into place emergency plans
  • Put into place Business Continuity Management arrangements
  • Put into place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements toward, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency
  • Share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination;
  • Co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency.
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The CCA defines an emergency as:

“An event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the UK, the environment of a place in the UK, or war or terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK”.

The NHS Emergency Planning Guidance 2005 definition:

“Any occurrence that presents serious threat to the health of the community, disruption to the services or causes (or is likely to cause) such numbers or types of casualties as to  require special arrangements to be implemented by hospitals, ambulance trusts or primary care organisations”.

As a consequence the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has comprehensive emergency and business continuity plans to deal with an emergency situation regardless of cause thus ensuring the continuation of essential services to its residents.

Should you require any further information in relation to Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, please contact the Emergency Planning Team on 01983 552145 or emergency.planning@iow.nhs.uk

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