GCU helps with equipment call

GCU training equipment delivered to temporary COVID-19 hospital

Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:00:00 BST

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has delivered a host of medical equipment from its state-of-the-art training facility to the new NHS Louisa Jordan temporary hospital based in the Scottish Events Campus (SEC), Glasgow.

Chief Executive of the NHS Louisa Jordan, Jill Young, expressed her “sincere and heartfelt thank you from the entire team” at the hospital to the University for sending the equipment which she says will play a “vital role” in ensuring staff have the training and support they need.

The equipment came from the University’s Interprofessional Simulation Centre, which looks and feels like a real hospital, where thousands of students, including the 500-plus third-year student nurses who have recently joined the coronavirus national emergency response, learned vital clinical skills.

A GCU van loaded with fully operational and up-to-date equipment, including a hospital bed, Intensive care observations trolley, drip stand and pulse and oxygen monitor, was delivered to NHS Louisa Jordan, by dedicated University staff.

The equipment has been earmarked to help staff at NHS Louisa Jordan receive essential COVID-19 training. The University has offered to supply more hospital equipment to the Scottish Government if needed.

GCU’s simulation centre has four wards, an emergency room, intensive care room and operating theatre fully equipped with the latest technology which provides a simulation-based education for over 4000 students in allied health professions, nursing, social care and paramedic science, to prepare them for the workplace.

The delivery to the new hospital was organised by GCU School of Health and Life Sciences Vice-Dean, Professor Anita Simmers, and Simulation Centre Co-ordinator and nursing lecturerLiz Simpson, through the Scottish Government, which is setting up the new emergency NHS Louisa Jordan facility.

Professor Simmers said: “In supporting the NHS Louisa Jordan we hope that our equipment will help ensure vital NHS staff receive the training they require. As a civically engaged University that is committed to its social mission, we are delighted to be supporting the outstanding job frontline NHS staff are doing at this time.”

NHS Louisa Jordan Chief Executive Jill Young said: “Our contractors and NHS staff on site worked around the clock to make sure we are ready to support the NHS in Scotland. 

“During this time, the outpouring of support and collaboration we have received from NHS Boards, Universities and organisations across the country has been absolutely incredible. This equipment will play a vital role in helping ensure that every member of staff has all the training and support they need to deliver the highest possible standard of care, if required.

“On behalf of the entire team, I would like to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Glasgow Caledonian University.”