P_CoG_09 Emergency Preparedness Policy
LCHS has statutory duties, under the Civil Contingencies Act, 2004 (CCA) to assess local risks and put in place emergency plans, co-operating with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency. LCHS is also required to have in place contingency plans that allow it to continue to provide services during a major incident, so far as is practicable and to recover from the additional pressure that an incident would place on it as an organisation.
This policy is not intended to be used for the response to a Major Incident, in those circumstances staff should refer to the trusts MAJOR INCIDENT/ EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN which details the Trusts operational response to a Major Incident / Emergencies.
LCHS must be capable of responding to major incidents of any scale in a way that delivers optimum care and assistance to the victims, that minimises the consequential disruption to healthcare services and that brings about a speedy return to normal levels of functioning.