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One of our FREC 3/4 learners gets a placement with the Sydney Air Ambulance

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Shannon, one of our FREC 3/4 learners (who is also studying medicine) was very lucky when he was offered a placement with the Sydney Air Ambulance in Australia. Shannon was able to take part in the medical training that new staff complete before becoming crew with this vital service. He was also able to complete observation shifts with air ambulance crews and saw advanced paramedics and doctors perform life saving procedures first hand. The photo with the indoor water facility is one showing the mock helicopter fuselage that crews must sit in as it is submerged and tipped upside down. This realistic training ensures that should the aircraft ditch in water, all aboard will have the best possible chance of survival having experienced this disorientating scenario before. The pig is used to practice chest drain insertion techniques on.

Solent Medical Skills takes to the water!

It had to happen – living and working so close to the water, it was inevitable we would finally get afloat! NeeNaw, our tiny sailing pocket rocket has been great fun in the recent blustery conditions on the Solent – she flies! Next summer, we hope to get delegates afloat after lessons for a chill on the local river.

Learners suggested names for her and Ben is the one to blame for the name NeeNaw. We just hope we never have to send out a mayday – imagine, mayday, mayday, mayday, this is NeeNaw, NeeNaw, NeeNaw, over!


Emergency First Aid training for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance volunteers

Solent Medical Skills are Corporate Partners of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulanceand we were proud to provide an Emergency First Aid training course for a group of their brilliant volunteers. We got a lovely thank you on their Facebook page. 

We’re very proud to support this vital local charity who do fantastic pre-hospital work across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Find out how you can help them too!


Solent Medical Skills provides an AED for public use

As part of our commitment to the local community, Solent Medical Skills has installed a public access AED outside our training unit at Ocean Quay in Southampton.

To gain access, you would have to ring 999 and give the location (written on the cabinet), after which you would then be given the key safe code for the cabinet. The main security gates to the marina open to the public Monday to Saturday between 6am and 7pm.

We are based at a busy marina with a small industrial estate alongside and there are hundreds of people on site each day. This new facility will help keep the boaters and workers safer.

Solent Medical Skills celebrates quality inspection success

Southampton-based training provider Solent Medical Skills has received high praise from awarding organisation Qualsafe Awards at its latest quality inspection.

Martin Wyness, Managing Director of the family-owned business, is delighted at a report which described trainer knowledge as ‘exceptional’ and the centre’s quality improvement processes as ‘exemplary.’

In the report, Qualsafe Awards stated: ‘It was a pleasure to work with a Centre which demonstrates passion, enthusiasm and professionalism in all aspects of delivering regulated qualifications.’

Qualsafe made particular comment on the company’s ‘passion for ensuring current and accepted practice is followed’ and ‘exceptional’ trainer knowledge. Qualsafe also praised the ‘well-resourced’ Southampton training facility and described internal quality assurance processes as ‘rigorous and robust’.

Martin says ‘Since founding the company, it has been of vital importance to me that we maintain a total focus on quality. In our business, excellence in practice is literally a matter of life or death. We want all of our learners to have a fantastic training experience and to go away with a really strong base of skills and knowledge, so that they will save more lives.’


Our event medics part of the great Southsea vibe

Sunday Live at the Bandstand music festivals at Southsea were a highlight for our medics this year. The Covers and Tributes weekend was a staff favourite with the Gerry Rafferty cover just as good as the original. Awesome!

Celebrating 10 years of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Solent Medical Skills are Corporate Partners of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and we were proud to provide a medical team to cover this fantastic event. We got to meet loads of their medics, pilots and supporters. You might have spotted our ambulance in the great coverage on ITV news!

The air ambulance really needs your help – please consider supporting them financially if you are able by using this link: 

To hear more about the work that they do, here are ITV’s interviews with their Chief Executive Alex Lochrane and HEMS Team Leader Pat Andrews.

Our Managing Director, Martin, received such a lovely letter from Alex, afterwards, who wrote: “We had in excess of 3000 visitors on the day and raised more than £5000. The event was a terrific way to celebrate 10 years of Air Ambulance service across Hampshire and hte Isle of Wight, and we are very pleased you were involved in helping us to achieve this success…Thank you so much for helping us make it such a great day!”

Medical cover for CBBC Awesome Authors event at Poole

We were proud to be selected as event medics for CBBC’s Awesome Authors event at Poole Library – two action-packed days of activities and live talks celebrating top children’s writers and illustrators. Our lucky medic (and bookworm) Sophie got to meet awesome illustrator, Martin Brown who did the illustrations for Horrible Histories, award winning author David Solomons and Marcus Bronzy, the CBBC TV presenter.

First Aid at Work training for Bitterne Park Sixth Form students

At Solent Medical Skills we believe that First Aid training is a great way to prepare young people for independent adulthood. Bitterne Park School agree!

We have provided a successful programme of accredited First Aid at Work training for their Sixth Form. Equipped with these nationally recognised qualifications, learners will have a useful advantage in the competitive workplaces that they are and will be experiencing when they leave the college.

Medics at the Saints

Some of our team who provided medical cover at Southampton FC’s first big match of the season today got to meet Sammy Saints!

Score: Watford 1, Southampton 1


Oxygen and entonox training for Hamble Lifeboat

We enjoyed giving ‘Oxygen and entonox’ training for Hamble Lifeboat on Tuesday evening.

Formed in 1968 in response to accidents and fatalities in theRiver Hamble, it is one of about 65 Independent Lifeboats in the UK, saves lives thoughout the Solent and responds to over 100 calls a day – that’s roughly one every 2.5 days! They have two of the UK’\s most advanced inshore rigid inflatable lifeboats, fully equipped to handle any situation from towing to medical emergencies.

They already carry oxygen on all of their boats and are introducing the use of entonox, a rapid and powerful analgaesic which will enable them to provide even better patient care. We trained 20 of their highly capable and enthusiastic volunteers at their smart and well equipped facility in Hamble. All passed the course with flying colours and received their certificates of attendance.

Great to continue our work with this fantastic local charity. They are actively looking for more volunteers and donations, to find out more about how you can help visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

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