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Locking down a health sector site or building could occur for many reasons. A lockdown may be called in response to several kinds of security breaches, including:

  • Altercation in Accident and Emergency (ED),
  • A suspected infant abduction,
  • Intense media attention or crowd control,
  • CBRN incident, Major Incident
  • Management of a highly infectious patient (s) ie EBOLA (this list is not exhaustive).
  • Flooding
  • Fire
  • Outbreak i.e. CoVid / Norovirus etc.

NB: This list is not exhaustive

The speed of response by Ashford & St. Peters Hospitals (ASPH) will be of paramount importance in protecting its staff, patients and visitors, (including its properties and assets).



This plan sets out how to lock down all or part of ASPH sites. This plan is therefore applicable to all staff within ASPH.


Policy Details

Download: N/A
Compiled by: Claire O‘Brien
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: October 2020
Date Issued: October 2020
Review Date: October 2021
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Claire O‘Brien


See also:

  • Major Incident Plan
  • Business Continuity Plan
  • Internal Incident Plan
  • Security Policy
  • Fire Strategy
  • Evacuation Plan
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Violence and Aggression Policy
  • Infectious Outbreak Plan
  • VIP Plan
  • Baby Abduction Plan