Emergency skills training for unwell children this weekend

Dr Hamill leads a simulation scenario during last year’s emergency skills update course (not a real patient).

As most of our patients are aware, GP work on Arran includes a fair amount of emergency care – delivered at the hospital A&E or to support our ambulance colleagues in the prehospital setting.  Maintaining the emergency skills necessary for this is a continuous responsibility of the GP team, and one way we do this is by organising on-island update training for our teams on an annual basis.

This weekend, many of our GPs, nursing team and paramedics will be undertaking training in ‘Prehospital Paediatric Life Support’ (the PHPLS course).  This is being delivered by BASICS Scotland who continue to provide training, equipment and updates relating to rural emergency care.  The intensive three-day course is really helpful and includes scenario training for cardiac arrest and heart problems, children with seizures and serious infection, and multiple injuries.  There is also a focus on effective teamwork and safe clinical decision-making.

We try to minimse the impact of these courses on AMG services, but we will be closing the practice tomorrow (Friday 26th January) at lunchtime to enable the course to start in the afternoon.

Please be aware that urgent medical queries will be dealt with by a doctor at the hospital and in Brodick Medical Practice.  If you need attention in the afternoon, please contact us at our normal number 01770 600 516 and you may be advised to attend a surgery, or wait for a phone consultation.

Thank you for your co-operation.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the instructors from BASICS Scotland and everyone else involved for helping to put the weekend together.