A state-of-the-art high-tech manikin which ‘gives birth’ is helping to train hospital staff.
More than £19,000 funding was provided for the SimMom Simulator Manikin which simulates the delivery of a baby, by the hospital trust’s charity Blue Skies Fund.
Clare Walden, clinical skills facilitator, said: “The manikin has a baby in the abdomen which you can simulate birth with.
“We are using the manikin to train maternity staff and look at emergency situations.
“The feedback has been fantastic.
“Previously we used part task trainers for this, for example we might just have a pair of hips or a pregnant abdomen, but this gives much more realistic training for staff which will in turn benefit patients.
“It allows us to train staff on adverse events that are not often seen in clinical practice, but by providing the training on a regular basis we are preparing them to deal with the situation for real and therefore potentially having an impact on patient safety.”
She added the team was grateful for the donation.
The manikin will be showcased as part of a special open day at the hospital on July 4 about the work by the trust’s Simulation and Skills Centre to invited guests in the morning and staff in the afternoon.