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11 December 2009 at 15:14

Christmas has come early for junior doctors at Southport & Formby District General Hospital with the arrival of a state of the art life-size doll. But unlike many that are given to children at Christmas, this one doesn't just close its eyes and say 'mummy' it breathes, has a pulse and blood pressure, can sweat, bleed, react to medicine, hear what the doctors are say and even talk back to them.

As part of our constant quest to drive up the standard of the care it can provide for patients, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has invested £80,000 in a state of the art patient simulator as a diagnostic tool of junior doctors, anaesthetists and nurses.

The model, known as SimMan, will be housed in a new extension to the Clinical Education Centre at Southport & Formby District General Hospital due to open on Friday 11th December at 12noon. All of its functions and reactions can be controlled remotely by a tutor from behind a two-way mirror in a room created specially for him in the soon to be opened new extension. The new facilities also include a computer suite, quiet room and tutorial rooms.

Dr Mike Aisbitt, A&E Consultant said, "SimMan is a tremendous piece of kit and at times frighteningly life-like. This is a great training aid for junior doctors who will use it to learn and hone diagnostic skills in a safe environment and ultimately patients will benefit from this investment. It is very unusual for a hospital of our size to have ready access to such a great educational tool, and to have it housed in room specifically designed for it is a real bonus."

If you would like an opportunity to photograph and/or film SimMan in use either on the day or before hand, please contact Matthew King on 01704 704714.

Notes to Editors

Picture shows A&E consultant Mike Aisbitt with SimMan.

The new extension has been designed by the in-house team and built by a local firm. It has been funded jointly by the Hospital Trust, the Mersey Deanery (the body that trains junior doctors) and the Dinwoodie Trust, which is a charitable organisation that supports doctor's education.

The SimMan was purchased with the aid of a grant from the SHA.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk