Major Incident at Manchester Arena - Statement

Major Incident at Manchester Arena - Statement
23 May 2017

Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trust

Dr Chris Brookes, Chief Medical Officer on behalf of Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Hospitals said:

“We can confirm that our staff across our Emergency Departments at Salford Royal, North Manchester General, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Fairfield General Hospital in Bury have treated a number of casualties brought by ambulance and also those who have self-presented following last night’s incident at Manchester Arena as part of a Greater Manchester major emergency response.

"I would like to thank our staff for their response and professionalism in dealing with this incident.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with those families who have sadly lost loved ones and who have been injured and affected by this incident.

"Greater Manchester Police has made an emergency number available for anyone concerned about loved ones or friends or anyone who may have been in the area. The number is 0800 096 0095. The public can also follow @gmpolice on Twitter for updates."

GM Health and Social Care Partnership

Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Jon Rouse, said:  

"Our first thoughts are with all those involved in the tragic events that occurred in Manchester last night, and anyone still concerned about their loved ones.

"I would like to take this time to thank our NHS staff and emergency services who responded exceptionally and continue to ensure the injured received the care they need. 59 injured people were taken to hospitals across Greater Manchester and are being cared for by healthcare professionals in the area, and we know many others have attended since. NHS Blood and Transplant have confirmed to us that they have all the blood required for hospital patients at the present time.

"We know today will be difficult and a challenging one for the NHS and the people of Manchester, and we would ask that people use NHS and emergency services responsibly at this time, while we continue to respond to the situation.”


GMP are leading on the response to this situation and we would ask that media enquiries continue to be directed to them.

Manchester Town Hall Vigil - 6pm Tuesday 23rd May

A vigil will be held in Manchester’s Albert Square this evening, honoring the victims of Monday evening's terror attack.

Mental wellbeing advice

Following the Manchester Arena Incident

This guidance is aimed at anyone exposed to the incident at Manchester Arena that took place on 22 May 2017. The emotional effects will be felt by survivors, bereaved families, friends, emergency services, health care workers and the general public. If you witnessed or lost someone in the attack you will most certainly have a strong reaction. Reactions are likely to be strongest in those closest to the incident, who directly witnessed the aftermath and who were involved in the immediate care of victims.

Common reactions to traumatic events

The following responses are normal and to be expected in the first few weeks:

  • Emotional reactions such as feeling afraid, sad, horrified, helpless, overwhelmed, angry, confused, numb or disorientated
  • Distressing thoughts and images that just pop into your head
  • Nightmares
  • Disturbed sleep or insomnia
  • Feeling anxious
  • Low mood

These responses are a normal part of recovery and are the mind’s mechanisms of trying to make sense and come to terms with what happened. They should subside over time.

What can people do to cope?

  • The most helpful way of coping with an event like this is to be with people you feel close to and normally spend time with.
  • If it helps, talk to someone you feel comfortable with (friends, family, co-workers) about how you are feeling.
  • Talk at your own pace and as much as you feel it’s useful.
  • Be willing to listen to others who may need to talk about how they feel.
  • Take time to grieve and cry if you need to. Letting feelings out is helpful in the long run.
  • Ask for emotional and practical support from friends, family members, your community or religious centre.
  • Try to return to everyday routines and habits. They can be comforting and help you feel less out of sorts. Look after yourself: eat and sleep well, exercise and relax.
  • Try to spend some time doing something that feels good and that you enjoy.
  • Be understanding about yourself.

 How can children be helped to cope?

  • Let them know that you understand their feelings.
  • Give them the opportunity to talk, if and when they want to.
  • Respect their pace.
  • Reassure them that they are safe.
  • Keep to usual routines.
  • Keep them from seeing too much of the frightening pictures of the event.

When should a person seek more help?

In the early stages, psychological professional help is not usually necessary or recommended. Many people recover naturally from these events. However, some people may need additional support to help them cope. For example, young children, people who have had other traumatic events happen to them and people with previous mental health difficulties may be more vulnerable.

If about a month after the event anyone is still experiencing the following difficulties, it is a good idea to seek help:

  • Feeling upset and fearful most of the time
  • Acting very differently to before the trauma
  • Not being able to work or look after the home and family
  • Having deteriorating relationship difficulties
  • Using drugs or drinking too much
  • Feeling very jumpy
  • Still not being able to stop thinking about the incidents
  • Still not being able to enjoy life at all

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