UL Hospitals has become the first group in the country to produce a Major Emergency Plan.
A major emergency is defined as any incident, usually with little or no warning, which overwhelms the ability of an organisation to respond.
Major emergency planning is built into key public services in Ireland and inter-agency plans – involving collaboration between health authorities, local authorities and An Garda Siochana at a regional and national level – have long been in existence.
Major emergency plans provide staff with roles and responsibilities in the event of the declaration of a major emergency. Individual hospitals have long had them in place but following the formation of hospital groups, it is now a requirement to deliver a plan at group level.
“This document provides staff across UL Hospitals with a plan of action in the event of a major emergency being declared and is also a guide on how to implement that plan in a structured, coordinated and timely manner,” commented Group CEO Colette Cowan in formally launching the plan.