Chemical incidents: are we ready in the West Midlands? Testing the communication arrangements of on-call public health doctors (Short Communication)

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Primary care trusts are responsible for handling major chemical hazards. This includes the testing and exercising of plans in a regular and routine manner. The Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division (Birmingham), which provides a 24-h, 365-day resource for the West Midlands region in the UK, undertook an audit to test the out-of-hours communication arrangements of public health doctors. The audit revealed that there is an urgent need to: (1) review contact details within on-call packs; (2) ensure that doctors performing on-call duties know, at the very least, the names of the primary care trusts/local authorities, county councils/other trusts in the area; and (3) ensure a failsafe method for contacting the person on call for public health.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-69
Number of pages3
JournalPublic Health
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2004