Shadow Health Secretary Praises Aintree Hospital

(August 20, 2013)



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Shadow Health Secretary praises Aintree’s new lifesaving knife crime trauma partnership

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP praised the new partnership between Aintree and the StreetDoctors charity during a visit to our A&E with Steve Rotheram MP.

Mr Burnham met Dr Nick Rhead, 26, a junior doctor who co-founded the StreetDoctors charity in 2007, and Mr Nikhil Misra, Consultant General, Emergency and Trauma Surgeon.

StreetDoctors is run voluntarily by medical students, who go out into the community to teach high risk young people the basics of first aid and pre-hospital trauma management. This means they can help friends at the scene of knife crimes while paramedics are called. After initially being based in Liverpool, StreetDoctors now has branches in Manchester, Nottingham, London and Sheffield.

The new partnership will see the hospital’s team of trauma consultants share their years of trauma and resuscitation experience with the medical students who run StreetDoctors classes.

Mr Burnham said: “It was inspiring to hear about the work of the StreetDoctors, particularly as it has been established by junior doctors who are the country’s future health leaders. Their innovative approach to tackling the effects of knife crime from the grassroots should be commended and it is great to see the support and knowledge sharing by their senior colleagues.”

More than 2,000 young people across the UK have received training from StreetDoctors since it started.

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