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Girlguides benefit from a visit to Wansbeck General Hospital

Thursday, 07 February, 2019
Girlguides benefit from a visit to Wansbeck General Hospital

Girlguides from Cramlington have achieved their stage three first aid ‘skill builder’ badge thanks to an evening at Wansbeck General Hospital.

The Dinwoodie Assessment and Simulation Hub (DASH), is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and provides state of the art simulation based training. Two Girlguiding groups, the 1st and 6th Cramlington, came together to study a training programme at DASH to develop skills in first aid, minor injuries and wound dressing.

Clinical education fellow, Sammy Hartley, organised the evening as part of her Girlguiding leadership training scheme. Sammy said, “This has been a fantastic opportunity for the girls. They have learned vital life-saving skills and it is great to see our facilities and services being used by the local community to enhance young people’s abilities.

“Watching how much the girls enjoyed themselves was a really rewarding experience for me and I am looking forward to running similar events such as this in the future. I would also like to thank my colleagues – Dr Dominic Maxfield, Dr Alexandra Cropp and Dr Joeseph Rudin – for volunteering their time to help me run the session and of course Nichola Jenkins, DASH Manager, for allowing us access to the facilities. ”

The visit has received positive feedback from parents and NHS staff alike – with future sessions already pencilled in.

Ann Angus, Leader for 1st Cramlington Guides and also Team Medical Secretary in Child Health for the trust said: “I am so pleased Northumbria Healthcare has allowed us this opportunity. Girlguiding is about teaching young women vital skills such as first aid, self-esteem, DIY and survival methods such as camping or navigation.

“Many of the girls who took part in the first aid course at DASH have been inspired to consider careers in healthcare. Even better, some have said the event has helped them overcome their fear of hospital environments.”

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680