Evacuation and shelter guidance for the NHS in England

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This document is intended to provide a framework for all Health and Social Care providers in the planning, preparation and response to the evacuation and shelter of patients, staff and others from, or within, health care settings, including whole site evacuation.


The guidance replaces the 2014 NHS England guidance ‘Planning for the evacuation and sheltering of people in health sector settings’ and is complemented by the 2014 Cabinet Office ‘Evacuation and shelter guidance’.

Updated October 2021.