Try and test your life-saving skills

The baby manikin, affectionately named Fran, from the simulation centre at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.
The baby manikin, affectionately named Fran, from the simulation centre at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.

People are being offered a unique chance to test their skills in life-and-death situations in the celebrated Montagu simulation centre.

The training centre that attracts medics from across the country to Mexborough Montagu Hospital has its tenth anniversary and open day on April 19.

Here, all kinds of health professionals hone their skills in caring for critically-ill patients, using life-like manikins that respond as if real.

The six manikins’ eyes blink and they have pulses, heart-beats and respond to medicines, all of which are governed from a control room.

There are four adults, a child and a baby, known as baby Fran. Visitors can change the heart rate and pulse of the child manikin. At the open day, an emergency scenario where staff try to save the life of a ‘patient’ who has stopped breathing under anaesthetic will be played out.

Dr Paul Bedford, Consultant Anaesthetist and Co-Director of the Montagu Clinical Simulation Centre, said: “Since 2003 we have trained thousands of health professionals. The clinical scenarios are designed to help delegates learn vital leadership and communication skills which are so important when a patient is in a life threatening situation.” Open day visitors should go in Gate 4 car park off Adwick Road and follow signs for the Clinical Simulation Centre.