Celia Kendrick, a nurse at Peterborough District Hospital, has been training medical teams in South Africa in preparation for the World Cup in 2010.
Lead nurse in the accident and emergency department at Peterborough District Hospital and the hospital trust’s emergency planning lead, she has been working in A&E for 25 years.
Miss Kendrick went on a two week volunteer project with the medical education charity Advanced Life Support Group. She travelled to Cape Town and Johannesburg, where she lead a team training hospital staff to deal with terrorist attacks, train crashes and emergency incidents in a football stadium.
The team taught two courses in major incidents medical management and support – one training ambulances and doctors at the scene of the incidence and one training staff in what to do at the hospital. Each course was taught in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
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Celia Kendrick said: ‘Major incident planning is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas to work in.’
She hopes to return to South Africa at the end of the year to monitor the training scheme that was put into place by her and her team.