HOSPITAL workers from St Mary’s took part in a training exercise to make sure they are prepared for a chemical or nuclear incident during the Olympics.
Up to 15 workers from the accident and emergency department tested a new decontamination tent outside the Paddington hospital last Thursday.
The tent can be put up in 20 minutes and can treat walking casualties.
Medics practised how to put up the tent, handle equipment, attach a water supply to the showers and put on their one-piece, gas-tight chemical protective suits.
Niina Bell, NHS London emergency planner, said: “We’re not only talking about a terrorist incident. We need to prepare for a variety of possible scenarios such as a road traffic accident to a serious chemical spillage from a vehicle.”
Allan Newman, emergency planner trainer, said: “This exercise was a great success. It’s very important that we are prepared for possible incidents especially as St Mary’s is a designated major trauma centre and we are in a central location in the capital.”