Lifesaving funds help improve staff training

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Staff and patients are set to benefit from enhanced lifesaving training at The Friarage Hospital, thanks to a little help from their Friends.

The Friends of The Friarage, who are celebrating their diamond jubilee this year, provided £11,773 to the resuscitation department at the Northallerton Hospital, for the purchase of two training manikins, which are already providing clinicians with a more authentic and realistic training experience.


Training session in progress using one of the new manikins

Janine Langthorne, resuscitation officer at The Friarage, said: “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from The Friends of The Friarage, as the new manikins provide us with the opportunity to train more staff, in more realistic scenarios.

“Without these vital new training devices with their advanced features, we would be restricted to classroom-based teaching, but now I am able to take the equipment into the clinical environment where staff work, which has made a significant improvement to the quality of training we are able to provide.”

Janine believes the advanced features of the adult and junior manikins, coupled with their ability to enable training in staff’s own clinical environment, could help to improve teamwork and communication in emergency scenarios.

Staff also “get more immersed” in whatever scenario is created, while working in their own department. This helps them become even more familiar with specialist equipment relevant to their specific clinical practice; further enhancing regular checks to ensure equipment and the clinical environment are safe and fit for purpose.

“Recent training sessions have been held across different departments within the hospital and the manikins were also used with reception children at Romanby Primary School during their recent Superhero week.”

Upendra Somasundram Friends of The Friarage

Dr Upendra Somasundram

Dr Upendra Somasundram, Chairman of Friends of the Friarage, said: “This new equipment is already proving to be a great asset to staff at the hospital and people in the local community.

“We’re delighted to be able to support investments like this, which will benefit staff and patients at The Friarage and the wider local community for many years to come and we wish to thank all our local fundraisers who make this possible.”