Doctors and nurses from Southampton Children’s Hospital and the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth will take to the streets this weekend in a bid to help drive down the number of accidents on roads across the south.
Together with colleagues from other emergency services, Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council, they will host a number of action-packed and family-friendly activities to increase safety awareness and inspire the next generation of ‘road heroes’.
Visitors will be given information on how to prepare for a safe journey, what happens on the roadside in the event of an accident and what happens in hospital when someone has been seriously injured.
The event, which will be based in Southampton’s Guildhall Square and is in its second year, is expected to be one of the largest annual awareness events of its kind in the country, with unprecedented access to the emergency services and reconstructions of incident scenes and hospital units.
It comes as part of a major campaign to improve road safety education, with more than 16,000 children injured on UK roads every year – including around 2,000 who are seriously injured and between 50 to 60 fatalities.
Members of the public will be given a stark insight into the consequences of car accidents, including a chance to view the wreckage of a crashed car from incident on the Isle of Wight which led to a child’s death.
They will also be able to understand the effects of alcohol on driving in a beer goggle game, take a breathalyser test, make simulated 999 calls, learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and see road and air ambulance kits, vehicles and team members.
During the hospital experience, emergency department and orthopaedic clinicians from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust will offer the chance to become part of a trauma team treating injured mannequins.
There will also be an opportunity to meet radiologists and neurosurgeons from UHS who will offer demonstrations involving scans, x-rays, skulls and drills.
In addition, teams will construct a makeshift paediatric intensive care unit and bed to demonstrate how a child with a head injury is treated, with physiotherapists and occupational therapists also in attendance to discuss how rehabilitation is carried out.
There will also be a special guest appearance from Pets As Therapy dog Leo, a golden retriever, and his owner Lyndsey Uglow, who are familiar faces on the wards.
Dr Clarissa Chase, a consultant paediatrician at Southampton Children’s Hospital and one of the event organisers, said: “This event really promises to be something special and is such an incredible team effort from all of our emergency services and councils.
“With so many incidents and children being seriously injured or killed on our roads every year, it is vitally important we take action to raise awareness – and we can only do that by ensuring we really capture people’s attention and imagination.”
The family road safety education day will take place in Guildhall Square on Sunday (7 May) from 10am until 3pm.
Posted on Wednesday 3 May 2017