A LIVE decontamination training exercise involving hazmat suits and a decontamination unit will take place outside the emergency department at Russells Hall Hospital on Friday (September 10).

Hospital bosses have urged members of the public, staff and patients not to worry as it's just a training exercise.

Karen Kelly, chief operating officer at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust which runs Russells Hall, said: “We have a responsibility to make sure we are as prepared as we possibly can be to deal with emergency situations so that in the event of a real emergency our staff are capable of dealing with it safely and effectively."

The exercise will take place between 9am and 2pm and will involve the use of a decontamination unit and hazmat (hazardous materials) suits.

It will not affect patient access to the emergency department.

A spokesman for the Dudley Group added: "It is important that the training is not jeopardised by outside influence and that staff are able to complete the exercise in circumstances as near as possible to the real thing. With this in mind, we would ask that the anyone not involved in the training do not spectate or attend the exercise."