Derriford hospital staff in chemical incident exercise

Derriford Hospital
Image caption There will be an increase in emergency vehicles and staff during the exercise

Emergency services in Devon and Cornwall are reacting to a staged chemical incident as part of a resilience exercise.

The simulated chemical incident will test emergency responses in a controlled environment.

Organisers said Derriford Hospital in Plymouth will be 'secured' to prevent 'cross-contamination' and volunteers will act as casualties.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust said hospital services should run as normal.

The exercise is being carried out to prepare staff incase there is a real chemical incident in the region.

Miriam Smith from the trust said: "This exercise will give us the opportunity to test various elements of our plans and will provide assurance that we are prepared for a similar emergency occurring."

The trust said there would be an increase in emergency vehicles on the Derriford site as well as staff wearing protective suits.

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