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Trauma staff change routines in wake of terrorist attack

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2736 (Published 06 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2736
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Doctors involved in trauma care are changing their usual routines when they are not at work to ensure that they can respond to emergency calls, with some not drinking alcohol on a night off, for example.

Malik Ramadhan is clinical director for emergency care and trauma at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, which treated 12 of the 48 injured people taken to hospital after Saturday’s terrorist attack on London Bridge and in the adjacent Borough area. He told the BBC Radio 4 Today news programme on 5 June that the major trauma system in London had been preparing itself for some time for the sorts of incidents that hospital emergency teams had faced in recent weeks.

Doctors were making sure that they were able to respond even when they were not officially on call, he said. “Doctors like myself who might have been going to Borough [for a few drinks] after a night at work [are not],” he said. “As Saturday night is testament, we had a lot of people who were completely sober and willing …

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