Steve Rotheram MP praises life-saving training offered at Liverpool hospital

(November 14, 2012)

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Walton MP Steve Rotheram has praised the training facilities at a Liverpool hospital which help almost 2,000 healthcare professionals learn life saving skills each year.

The NHS North West Centre for Simulation and Patient Safety, based at Aintree University Hospital, boasts state of the art equipment and uses a combination of robotic patients and live actors to re-create emergency situations for training purposes.

During a visit to the centre, Steve observed a live training scenario in action and discussed the potential for the centre to work in partnership with local government and other agencies.

Steve said: “I was really impressed by the training facilities on offer and I think it is only logical that we explore the possibility of making them available to a wider audience. Medical emergencies can happen any time, any place, so we should aim to educate as many people as possible in basic life saving techniques.”

One of the drivers for the visit was the work of the Oliver King Foundation, which works to raise awareness of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) which can see people as young as 12 die from sudden cardiac arrest. The Foundation, in conjunction with Liverpool City Council, announced in September that all primary schools in the city will be equipped with life-saving defibrillators. 

Jeff Goulding, who manages the Centre for Simulation and Patient Safety, said: “We were delighted to host Steve and show him the work that goes into creating a realistic training scenario for our students.”

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