NHS trust emergency plans approved

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Plans ensuring Lincolnshire’s community NHS services can continue to respond in emergencies have been given positive feedback.

The Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) plans for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) have been rated as providing ‘assurance’ by NHS England (Leicestershire and Lincolnshire).

The detailed plans are measured against a range of core standards and support operational response in a broad range of situations.

Over the last year, the trust supported the multi-agency responses to adverse weather and flooding in Boston and played an active part in exercises testing emergency preparedness.

The trust has also introduced Resilience Direct, a national system allowing organisations to share emergency planning and incidents documents and information.

Recently, the trust helped to organise emergency planning exercises for Ebola with other health organisations in the county.

Emergency planning lead for LCHS Jill Anderson said: “Our services provide a lifeline to families and individuals 365 days a year, seven days a week whether in our community hospitals, urgent care centres and minor injuries units, or specialist nursing and therapy services in our patients’ homes.

“When emergency situations arise, we need to ensure we can continue to deliver our critical services to vulnerable patients and support our colleagues across the health and care community. We are pleased to be able to provide ongoing assurance about our plans and shape our future priorities.”