St. Thomas, ON, Wednesday, December 19, 2019 - St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
(STEGH) and St. Thomas Police Service (STPS) will be coordinating an emergency training
exercise and response this morning at the hospital. The exercise is expected to
last for approximately 30 minutes.
The purpose of the exercise is to provide an opportunity to test STEGH’s Code Silver
(Active Assailant) response as well as the St. Thomas Police Service response.
Staff and volunteers will pose as "actors" to simulate active attackers and casualties
and the sound of gunfire (blanks) will be used. The training exercise will take
place in a controlled location within the hospital. Patient care areas will not
be part of the training exercise; however, patients and visitors may see an increased
police presence at the hospital.
Staff and volunteers will use the opportunity to apply the detailed response set
out in hospital policies and procedures, as appropriate.
Hospital and police observers will be present to monitor response and document lessons
The training exercise will be videotaped and recorded by the St. Thomas Police Service.
A variety of external communication tactics are being employed to build awareness
in advance of the training exercise, including signage, alerts on the hospital’s
overhead page system, website postings, social media messages and on-site support
from STEGH’s Volunteer Services. Patients and families entering the hospital during
the timeframe of the exercise will be advised of the event.
About St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
The St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is a fully accredited hospital serving the
city of St Thomas and all eight municipalities within the County of Elgin. Hospital
services include: emergency medicine, surgery, cardio respiratory services, palliative
care, chemotherapy, diagnostic imaging, education programs, pediatrics, obstetrics,
and more. Together with community partners, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is
committed to delivering excellent patient care experiences in a safe and compassionate