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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2199 ..

(6) All staff receive Fire & Emergency training that aligns with Emergency Response Plans. Staff that have roles within the ECO as described within the Canberra Hospital Code Orange Emergency Response Plan receive additional training. This training ensures that staff respond safely in alignment with the plan. Staff assist in an emergency situation if it is safe for them to do so.

(7) Emergency Exercises, which include evacuation drills and simulations, are undertaken in each Canberra Hospital building annually.

(8) The last drill completed was a warden training session that included a walk through Emergency Exercise on 15 May 2017.

(9) Debriefs are held at the conclusion of all practical Emergency Exercises with the responsible staff.

(10) Yes, results from the Emergency Exercises are reviewed with participants and fire safety support personnel, and improvements to response procedures are progressed.

(11) The last procedural improvements were made in May 2017 in response to the April 2017 switchboard incident, and relate to ICT systems and process enhancements:

a. Second back-up communication system utilising Territory Radio Network (TRN) handsets

b. Establishment of emergency response leaders and kits for ICT issues

c. Enhancement of telephones for the Canberra Hospital Emergency Operations Centre, including colour-coded pre-configured handsets

Canberra Hospital—electrical systems
(Question No 292)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 12 May 2017:

(1) In relation to The Canberra Hospital electrical switchboard that was the subject of the fire on 5 April 2017, which operational areas at the hospital were affected by the fire.

(2) What was the nature of that effect.

(3) What was the impact on treating patients for each operational area.

(4) To what extent did this impact on waiting times for treatment in each triage category.

(5) What backup strategies were in place to ensure urgent cases were dealt with as scheduled.

(6) What assistance was provided to affected patients, including but not limited to financial, physical and psychological assistance.

(7) When was each area returned to full operational capacity.

(8) How are patient backlogs being dealt with.

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