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Salford training suites named in honour of WWI nurses

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The University of Salford has named two new high tech training facilities after a pair of nurses who served during the First World War and had links with Greater Manchester.

The university’s new clinical simulation suites are to be named after Edith Cavell and sister Minnie Wood.

“It seemed fitting that our new training facility should pay tribute to their courage”

Brian Boag

Edith Cavell was famously executed in 1915 while training nurses in Brussels. She was arrested by the Germans for sheltering British soldiers and helping them out of occupied Belgium into Holland.

She worshipped at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church while based in the city during the 1900s when working for the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Sister Wood, who trained in Salford, ran a field hospital throughout the war, serving next to the front line in France and Belgium, and then in Germany following the Armistice.

Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell

She was mentioned in dispatches, following an incident in which the hospital itself was shelled. Her efforts won her the honour of the Royal Red Cross for gallantry in the field, as well as an OBE.

Brian Boag, interim dean of the university’s School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, said: “Minnie Wood and Edith Cavell were both incredibly important figures who risked everything to help others – and in the case of Edith Cavell, paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“It seemed fitting that our new training facility should pay tribute to their courage and sacrifice and that their stories can serve as inspiration for a new generation of men and women following in their footsteps into the nursing profession,” he said.

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Salford training suites named in honour of WWI nurses

Minnie Wood

The suites, which will start being used from September, feature rooms which are designed to look exactly like hospital wards and contain realistic electronic manikins that can be controlled by lecturers or fellow students from an adjoining room.

Based in the university’s Mary Seacole Building, they will be named at a special ceremony on 12 May, International Nurses’ Day.

The event will include talks by Diana Souhami, the author of a biography of Edith Cavell, and Dr Claire Chatterton, chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Society.

A panel of experts will also debate the role of courage in modern healthcare, inside and out of the military setting.

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Salford training suites named in honour of WWI nurses

Students learn how to perform CPR in one of the new simulation suites

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