Hospital’s fab five scoop major award
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