major incident plan
major incident planA contingency plan which the UK Department of Health requires all NHS trusts to have in place to prepare for unexpected “incidents”. A major incident is one in which, because of the number and/or the severity of casualties, or its location, requires special arrangements by one or more of the Emergency Services or Hospitals.
Major Incident Categories
Category 1: A major external incident involving large numbers of casualties arriving at a particular hospital. Normal hospital services may be stopped or restricted during the incident.
Category 2: An external incident that doesn’t involve large numbers of casualties arriving at a particular hospital, but has a significant impact on the hospital’s normal activities and functions.
Category 3: An internal incident (or incidents) which significantly impacts on the hospital’s normal functions and activities, and may involve hospital inpatients.