NHS thank Preston North End with life support training

Posted on - 4th August, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Health, People, Preston News, Preston North End
Deepdale staff receiving training
NHS staff wanted to thank Deepdale staff for allowing the use of their facilities at the ground

Staff at Preston North End were given life support education as a ‘thank you’ for allowing their Deepdale facilities to be used for essential NHS training during Covid-19.


Since the start of the pandemic, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust has been recruiting more staff to help with increased demands.

A vital aspect of their induction is life-saving training that needs to be carried out face to face, however, due to social distancing guidelines, suitable rooms had to be found for the courses.

Preston North End allowed the team to use the function rooms at Deepdale free of charge, but also assisted in laundering items between training sessions to ensure the safest possible environment for everyone.

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Education Training and Professional Development Manager at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, Mark Wardman, said: “Through using Deepdale’s facilities, we completed over 139 courses, training 840 staff.

“It’s a truly amazing achievement that couldn’t have been done without the help of Preston North End and Heathcoates.”

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To show their gratitude, staff at Deepdale and their catering partner Heathcoate&Co Deepdale were offered life support training from Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Life support training at Deepdale
Trust trainers taught backroom staff vital lifesaving skills

The training included important things such as how to help someone who is choking, the recovery position, CPR, how to use a public defibrillator and DRSABCD (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in both adults and children.

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A spokesperson for Preston North End said: “Offering the facilities at Deepdale to the incredible NHS staff was the least we could do during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it has been fantastic for us to help the Trust deliver this essential training.

“It was a very generous offer to allow members of staff from both the football club and our caterers to receive life support training which will be invaluable to them, not only as individuals, but also to all those attending events at Deepdale and in the wider community.

“As a club we are very grateful for the training received and it has been a pleasure to work alongside the Trust throughout this difficult period.”

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