WORKFORCE: Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust has opened the first simulation hospital ward in the Black Country at a cost of £550,000.

The ward uses cutting edge technology and simulation mannequins to replicate patient behaviour and conditions with piped noises, smells, blackouts and power failures among some of the scenarios.

The aim is to offer medical students, junior doctors and other healthcare workers a realistic and immersive clinical training environment.

The ward also has a control room, fixed and tilt cameras and a separate debrief room where activities can be watched live and later played back for debriefings with trainess.

Contributions from three of the trust’s charitable funds have helped set up the £550,000 ward, with the trust also injecting some cash.

Chief executive David Loughton said: “Because it’s a live and interactive training tool, using highly sophisticated technology, it makes the situation much more realistic for those who will be faced with similar real-life scenarios in the future.”