Emergency skills week about to begin

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.

For the week commencing January 23rd 2017, a programme of training will be delivered for our GPs, nursing teams and paramedics.  This will see input from national paediatric, obstetric/maternity and adult emergency training organisations, along with the use of a ‘Mobile Skills Unit’ which will be located at Lamlash Community Fire Station for the duration of the training.  The Skills Unit is lorry that expands to create a state-of-the-art clinical simulation unit, allowing scenarios from cardiac arrest and heart problems, to children with seizures and sepsis to allow safe practice of procedures and decision-making.

This year, we are trying a slightly different approach, in order to maximise access to training for our staff, as well as cover a wide range of scenarios, and promote even better inter-team interaction.  GP and nurse leave has been cancelled for the week, and extra funding used to maintain core services whilst our teams access a programme of training over the week.  Because of this, our service to patients will not change significantly over the week, although there may be some tweaks to our usual surgery times to allow staff to attend the various activities on offer.  We’re grateful to our locum GPs for helping to maintain services whilst ensuring that medical and nursing staff can access this training.

Nurse and Health Care Assistant appointments will run as normal.

Thanks for your co-operation.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank members of ScotSTAR PICU and EMRS teams, the Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development Programme, colleagues from Crosshouse and everyone else involved for helping to put the week together.

We also gratefully appreciate assistance from the co-op to help with lunches and refreshments throughout the week!