Potential Hazards & Risks

​​​​​The Trust has a generic MAJOR INCIDENT POLICY and Departmental Plans for a mass casualty Major Incident response but also takes into account planning for specific HAZARDS AND RISKS​ within its footprint as a District General Hospital, Regional Burn Unit and Acute (A&E) Trust for example:

  • Whiston is the nearest hospital to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
  • It is the Regional Burns Unit so will take burn injured patients from any incident.
  • The Trust stands in an area known as 'Cradle of the Chemical Industry' within a few miles of at least 10 industrial sites regulated by the Health & Safety Executive under the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) regulations 2015. These sites hold substantial amounts of hazardous materials and have the potential for a catastrophic off site effect (however to date, although some of them have had dangerous releases and fires, thankfully, due to stringent safety standards and the speed and efficiency of the local emergency services, none of them have ever developed into a catastrophic event).

A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosion (CBRN(E)/ hazardous materials HAZMAT inter agency plan has been developed to complement Trust plans in regard to interaction with emergency services in such events.​

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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