Hospitals put on standby for fresh attacks

Royal Preston Hospital
Royal Preston Hospital

The Royal Preston Hospital has been put on standby to deal with a potential fresh terrorist attack.

The site, which is a major trauma centre for Lancashire and South Cumbria, is one of 27 across the country warned by NHS England to “prepare for a further incident”.

You will be aware that we have a bank holiday weekend approaching

The message sent to the trauma units came from Chris Moran, NHS England’s national clinical director for trauma.

The message states: “You will be aware that we have a bank holiday weekend approaching.

“There are a number of things that all trauma units and major trauma centres can do to prepare for a further incident and I should be grateful if you could disseminate these within your network so that frontline clinicians are aware.”

The letter was obtained and published by The Health Service Journal.

A spokesman for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Royal Preston Hospital, said: “NHS England has written to all NHS providers following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the country’s security alert level has been raised to critical. This sets out a range of precautionary measures, in line with long-standing planning protocols, that we are required to have in place at this time.”