Durham health care students get hands on at college

Health and Social care course students in the new Health ward at New College Durham.
Health and Social care course students in the new Health ward at New College Durham.
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NEW facilities at a college have been given a clean bill of health by students.

New College Durham has unveiled its brand new hospital simulation ward, giving students the chance for hands on experience.

The new ward for student use boasts its own reception, bathroom, four hospital beds complete with privacy curtains, alarm, hoists, a wheelchair, dummy patients and a host of new equipment.

Students studying Health and Social Care at the Framwellgate college, will be able to take blood pressure, check heart rates and pulse, practice moving, handling and bathing patients and experience signs of ageing by wearing the new simulated age suits and sensory impairment equipment.

The ward is designed to help students get a realistic idea of working in that environment and also has a classroom with a viewing panel for observation.

Helen Owen, head of early years, health and care at the college, said: “It’s a fabulous unique resource, great to enhance learning and help students gain work ready skills.”

Students at the college are already benefiting from the facilities.

New College Durham is one of the leading colleges of further and higher education in the North East, with its further education performance and success rates placing us in the top 10 per cent of all colleges nationally.