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New facility to transform health services training

26 September, 2017

New facility to transform health services training

A new science and health building at Coventry University will give students exact replicas of the environments they will eventually work in.

From Monday (2 October), student midwives, nurses and other health professionals will be able to train to care for patients at various stages of the medical experience – from inside an ambulance to a patient’s house and a hospital ward. 

The new building, which cost £59m, even incorporates two fully furnished terraced houses to give students realistic experiences of working within people’s homes.

It will also bring all of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ practical facilities under one roof for the first time, including professional-standard laboratories and Olympic-grade fitness and sports research areas.

Pro-vice-chancellor of health and life sciences Professor Guy Daly said: ‘It is absolutely crucial that we prepare our students for the challenges and situations they will face in their future careers. By investing in such incredible facilities as this we are ensuring they are one step ahead when they go out into the world of work.’
 
‘Whether they are paramedics who have learnt to ventilate a patient while in our state-of-the-art ambulance, occupational therapists who have practised supporting a person returns home from hospital in our community houses, or sports therapists who have treated a member of the public for a running injury – they will have experienced real-life situations within the safety of the university.’
 
Midwifery student Charlene Cole said: ‘As student midwives we will be using state of the art, simulation equipment enabling us to learn difficult and challenging techniques and practice in a safe environment.
 
‘Working and learning in such a well-designed and well-equipped building right in the city centre campus is such a privilege. I can't wait to start my third year.’

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