The Trusts evacuation plan has been developed to ensure a coordinated response in maintaining patient / staff safety in the event of a need to evacuate. The plan will be exercised and tested, in line with local policies and procedures. It should be noted that the plan covers any eventuality which may require partial or full evacuation including fire, flood, deliberate harm (i.e., bomb) etc. triggering Internal & Major Incident response.

The plan engages all key stakeholders; emergency planners, fire officers, estates & facilities, senior management and all clinical staff) to ensure an effective response, including:

  • Command and Control response
  • Horizontal & Vertical evacuation considerations (as per the local fire strategy)
  • Hospital zoning
  • Site and asset security
  • Traffic management
  • Communication cascade
  • Patient tracking
  • Redeployment of staff
  • Onward bed allocation


The Plan includes the following key elements:

  • Definition of key scales and stages of evacuation
  • A description of the expected Command and Control Structures
  • A description of a patient evacuation classification and evacuation triage mechanisms
  • An example of hospital zoning systems
  • A description of a standardised Patient Tracking System


Policy Details

Download: N/A
Compiled by: Claire O’Brien, Head of Emergency Planning & Resilience
Harold Teague, Fire Safety Officer
Mark Ball, Accountable Fire Officer
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: December 2022
Date Issued: January 2023
Review Date: December 2023
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Mark Ball (supported by Harold Teague and Claire O'Brien)


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