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Simulation Suite To Support Medical Education Opens At Hereford County Hospital

A new simulation suite to help train doctors of the future has opened at Hereford County Hospital this week.

The new simulation suite will be used to train more than 100 medical students from Birmingham Medical School and other junior doctors each year at Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Doctors will be able to train in simulated real-life clinical scenarios, such as a cardiac arrest, to enhance their knowledge, experience, and skills, before going out onto the hospital wards.

To mark the inauguration of the new simulation suite an opening ceremony was held on Wednesday March 16 at the John Ross Post Graduate Medical Centre at Hereford County Hospital.

Dr Venkat Sivaprakasam, Head of Academy for Undergraduates at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We are very excited about this new facility, which is a significant development for our Medical Academy and Post Graduate Medical Centre.

“The simulation suite will enhance our ability to provide the best possible learning experience for undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees. The patient simulators offer opportunities to train in core skills to diagnose and treat patients effectively and to improve patient safety.

“It will also provide opportunities to carry out a diverse range of clinical procedures and therapeutic interventions before treating actual patients”.

Helen Pryce, Medical Education Manager at Wye Valley NHS Trust, added: “We are delighted with this new £190k dedicated training suite, which has been provided through the student medical training fund and in collaboration with the Post Graduate Medical Centre Charity (PGMC).

Dr Tim Coleman, PGMC Charity Committee Member and retired consultant microbiologist, said: “This is a fine example of the Post Graduate Medical Centre continuing to evolve and support the training needs of the medical students and junior doctors working in this hospital”.


Left to right: Dr Amanda Barclay - Consultant Simulation Lead, Dr Tim Coleman and Dr Venkat Sivaprakasam, pictured in the new simulation suite. 2 Herefordshire’s health service provider

Left To Right Dr Amanda Barclay Dr Tim Coleman And Dr Venkat Sivaprakasam New Simulation Suite


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  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
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For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444  ext. 5105.

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105


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