Hos­pi­tal’s fab five scoop ma­jor award

Wishaw Press - - HEARTACHE - Ben Ra­m­age

A team ofwishaw hos­pi­tal nurses are on cloud nine af­ter scoop­ing a na­tional award.

Caro­line Casey, Laura Gil­lies, Fiona Macpher­son, Fion­a­tor­rance and Michelle Gra­ham, who all work in the emer­gency depart­ment or CCU, won the award at the Scot­tish First Aid Awards held at the Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton Ho­tel.

The nurses, for­merly Teamwishaw ED but now known as Keepthe Beat, teach CPR to lo­cal school­child­ren in their spare time and scooped the ti­tle of com­mu­nity first aid cham­pi­ons.

The fan­tas­tic five were recog­nised for their ef­forts in teach­ing more than 5500 peo­ple how to do CPR over the course of the last year and for their ded­i­ca­tion to en­sur­ing mem­bers of their com­mu­ni­ties know what to do in the case of a car­diac ar­rest.

Caro­line Casey said:“as mums as well as nurses we un­der­stand the im­por­tance of know­ing what to do in an emer­gency.

“Our pas­sion is about giv­ing other peo­ple the chance to learn how to help too. The more peo­ple who have first aid and CPR skills, the bet­ter.we were de­lighted to ac­cept this award.”

Dur­ing the fab five’s ses­sions with chil­dren the kids per­form CPR on their favourite teddy bears and other soft toys un­der the guid­ance of the nurses.

Stu­art Cal­li­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of St An­drew’s First Aid, said:“these women are a force of first aid and wor­thy win­ners of this award.

“Through their drive and sup­port thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als are now equipped with the skills to as­sist in an emer­gency, which could help save so many lives.”

Thewishaw Press fea­tured the work of the women ear­lier this year when they vis­ited Braid­wood Pri­mary School in Car­luke.

Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw’s chief of nurs­ing ser­vices Gil­lian Mcauley said at that time:“it’s fan­tas­tic to see our nurses vol­un­teer­ing so much of their time.”

Wor­thy win­ners The Keep the Beat team

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