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The psychiatric response to the Clapham rail crash is described. The psychiatric input was short term, dealing with the 38 inpatients and over 200 hospital staff involved in the response. The need to evolve a compact, responsive team structure is noted. The value of a proactive approach and provision of psychological debriefing is defended. Incorporation of components of the psychiatric response into the Hospital's major incident plan is reported.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/014107689108400106

Type

Journal article

Journal

J R Soc Med

Publication Date

01/1991

Volume

84

Pages

15 - 19

Keywords

Disaster Planning, Disasters, Humans, London, Psychotherapy, Railroads, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Survival