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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Ready to serve

EMERGENCY CARE: The Emergency Medical Science Department’s new ambulance bay is now operational. EMERGENCY CARE: The Emergency Medical Science Department’s new ambulance bay is now operational.

The Emergency Medical Sciences Department’s new state of the art ambulance bay will not only bolster student training but aid in providing emergency care in the city. 

The ramp of the new bay, which is situated on the Bellville Campus, was recently completed allowing the Department to take practical training to a new level.

“We can teach our students much more than we can teach them by sitting in a classroom. We can log in with Metro Ambulance Services and tell them we have a vehicle and students available. They then give us a call if they need us to go out to a scene,” said Clinical Practice Facilitator Louis Jordaan.

While the institution is registered and has three vehicles licenced with the Department of Health to render emergency medical services, the department is not running an ambulance service that can be contacted directly by members of the public.

“For us, it’s all about the students and ensuring that they get the best hands-on training. At the same time we serve as an extra resource to Metro Ambulance Services,” said clinical coordinator Llizane McDonald.

The students are learning about all aspects of operating an ambulance bay from stock control and record keeping to the charging, servicing and maintenance of equipment.

As part of their training students are sent out to work with private or public ambulance services and, should students need further mentoring and support after this, they can go out on one of the vehicles with a clinical instructor.

Fourth-year student Taryn Daley said the bay and experience students were getting on the road resulted in an “all round experience” which would ensure that they were well prepared for the world of work when they graduate in a few months.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.