An emergency is something which arises unexpectedly, and which requires urgent action to resolve. The NHS faces many emergencies in the course of its routine activities. An emergency does not alter the statutory purposes of NHSScotland, which remains securing improved health for people in Scotland and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness. Each NHS Board is required to maintain an overall strategic plan for NHS response to emergencies occurring in its area.
Preparing for Emergencies: Guidance for Health Boards in Scotland
Preparing for Emergencies: Guidance for Health Boards in Scotland - Annex: Equalities, Human Rights and Resilience Planning
For further information please contact NHSScotland Resilience on 0131 244 2429.
There is an on-call arrangement in place so that NHS Boards can contact the Scottish Government in the event of an emergency. This number is held by NHS Boards.
The health emergency reporting pro forma and guidance is available here.