WORKFORCE: Staff at Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire have been praised for their “outstanding” response to a fairground accident in which 40 people were injured.

The hospital in Bolton, run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, put its major incident plan into action after it was alerted to the accident at a fairground in Skegness where one of the rides collapsed on August 30.

Jennie Negus, the hospital director of patient services acted as incident commander and established a control centre at the hospital.

She was supported by a team of incident officers to help co-ordinate the flow of information.

All wards and departments were informed and trauma teams were ready to receive patients in A&E.

Seven people arrived at the department and three were admitted. All were discharged within 24 hours.

Ms Negus said she was “extremely proud” of the way staff had dealt with the incident.

“The response from all staff was outstanding,” she said. “Everyone instinctively knew what actions to take and immediately prepared their areas to respond to the incident”.

Local police said the way the hospital handled the situation was “a credit to Bolton Pilgrim Hospital and its staff”.