At times Waikato District Health Board staff have to manage emergency situations or crises.
These can include:
- acute clinical episodes, such as a cardiac arrest
- environmental hazards, such as a hazardous substance spill
- breaches of security
- bomb threats
- utility failure
- industrial action
- an unexpected influx of acutely ill patients (such as a multi-casualty incident or public health emergency).
Depending on the event, this type of incident can have a major impact on
one part of the hospital/s (leaving other areas unaffected), or it can
affect the whole organisation.
Currently there are documented emergency response and recovery plans for
each clinical and non-clinical service based at the Waiora Waikato
Hospital campus, plus one over-arching Waikato Hospital plan.
these plans includes:
- how the plan is activated
- critical dependencies
- critical equipment
- key functions
- an alternative location
- duty cards for key people
- resources and supplies required for relocation
- appendices which should include contact staff list and key service contacts.
Manager: Emergency Management Planning