Chard MIU staff benefit from generous, if not unusual, donation

Date: 25 October 2017

Hand and foot models will help staff and patients

When Somerset Partnership’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Judith Barry, borrowed a three-dimensional anatomical model for a training session at Chard Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), she realised just how useful a teaching aid it was.

Some very senior staff had recently retired from the unit and a lot of students were joining, and rather than continuing to rely on diagrams, Judith decided to try and get some hand and foot models of their own.

Judith commented:

“They’re an excellent way of explaining the impact of an injury and how to treat it, not only from our team’s point of view but also for patients.

“They’re not cheap, though, so I decided to get in touch with the company that produces Bloccs waterproof wound and cast protectors to see if they could help.”

Based in Yate, Bristol, Precision Dippings Manufacturing (PDM) is a family-run company that won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Innovation in 2016.

PDM’s Business Development Consultant, Hannah Prickett, commented on the request and said:

“We do a lot of work with hospitals and run a monthly competition encouraging patients to publicly thank the nurses and medics who have looked after them.

“When Judith got in touch, we were very happy to donate two models.”

Hannah visited Chard MIU to present them to Judith and her team. Judith said:

“We’re delighted and excited that we can now start using them.

“I know how good the Bloccs range is from the reports I get from patients but this is a very generous donation and we really are very grateful.”

Chard Minor Injuries Unit is open every day from 8am – 9pm with the last patient admitted at 8.30pm. The recent decision to temporarily close hospital beds affects the Chard Community Hospital inpatient ward only – the MIU and outpatients services remain business as usual.