Ysbyty Gwynedd stages mock ‘major incident’


Hospital staff have staged a mock emergency as part of a training exercise.

The simulated ‘live major incident’, dubbed ”Gwiber Goch”, took place for four hours at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor on Friday morning.

The Betsi Cadwaladr health board said it was ‘critical’ for staff to be prepared in the event of an actual emergency in North West Wales.


Casualties, played by a group of 24 medical students, were brought into hospital as part of the exercise, which took several months to prepare.

Teams from Ysbyty Gwynedd’s emergency department, theatres and the pathology, critical care and radiology units took part.

A spokesperson said care was taken to ensure the mock incident did not interfere with routine services, including patient care, elsewhere at the hospital.


Dr Mark Knights, an anaesthetist who organised ‘Gwiber Goch’, added the exercise tested the response of staff to an urgent and constantly changing situation and it provided us with a fantastic learning opportunity.”

Major incident practice is critical to allow staff to be ready should a major incident ever occur.”

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