Junior Doctors get
new 'toy' for Christmas
CHRISTMAS has come early for
junior doctors at Southport & Formby District General Hospital with
the arrival of a state of the art life-size doll. But unlike many
that are given to children at Christmas, this one doesn't just close
its eyes and say 'mummy' it breathes, has a pulse and blood
pressure, can sweat, bleed, react to medicine, hear what the doctors
are saying and even talk back to them.
As part of our constant quest to drive up the standard of the care
it can provide for patients, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
has invested £80,000 in a state of the art patient simulator as a
diagnostic tool of junior doctors, anaesthetists and nurses.
The model, known as SimMan, will be housed in a new extension to the
Clinical Education Centre at Southport & Formby District General
Hospital due to open on Friday 11 December at 12noon. All of its
functions and reactions can be controlled remotely by a tutor from
behind a two-way mirror in a room created specially for him in the
soon to be opened new extension. The new facilities also include a
computer suite, quiet room and tutorial rooms.
Dr Mike Aisbitt, A&E Consultant said:- "SimMan is a tremendous
piece of kit and at times frighteningly life-like. This is a great
training aid for junior doctors who will use it to learn and hone
diagnostic skills in a safe environment and ultimately patients will
benefit from this investment. It is very unusual for a hospital of
our size to have ready access to such a great educational tool, and
to have it housed in room specifically designed for it is a real
Station improvements for Ainsdale, Merseyside
benefitting from a range of new improvements at Ainsdale Station in
Merseyside. The £68,000 works, funded by Merseytravel, include
a bigger, sealed waiting area on the Liverpool-bound platform,
including automatic entrance doors, more seats, new lighting and
state-of-the-art CCTV to evidential standards.
The Southport-bound platform waiting room also has new automatic
entrance doors, lighting and has been spruced up as part of the
revitalisation of the station.
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said:- “We hope
passengers notice the difference this investment is making.
Ultimately, any penny we spend on the rail network is for them.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve standards at station
where we can and to make rail travel easier, more comfortable and
Councillor Chris Blakeley, Chair of Merseytravel’s Rail Services
Committee, added:- “This £68,000 investment from us in
Ainsdale station is one of many improvements we are making right
across the Merseyrail Electrics network. We need to keep building on
its success. Where we have the money and a good business case, we’ll
continue our improvement programme.”
In addition to Merseytravel’s investment programme, new customer
information screens will give passengers running times of trains to
and from the station. The screens have been provided by
Network Rail at a cost of around £50,000.