Fire training exercise to take place at QA hospital

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STAFF at Queen Alexandra Hospital are making patients and visitors aware that the fire service will be doing a test decontamination exercise.

On Tuesday, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s mass decontamination unit will be at the Cosham hospital to practice a response for an incident such as a chemical spill. The event is due to take place between 10am to 4pm and will play out in real time.

The area around the east entrance of the hospital will be cordoned off in the morning and parking will not be permitted until after the exercise is complete.

Patients and staff will be directed to the main hospital entrance.

Director of development and estates and responsible for emergency planning Glen Hewlett said: ‘This regular exercise is very important to test how the hospital and the fire service would respond in an emergency of this kind and that the fire service is familiar with our hospital.

‘I would like to reassure the public this it is an exercise and will not disrupt hospital running.’