State-of-the-art medical training facility opens at St George’s

A new £350,000 state-of-the-art training facility was officially opened at the St George’s campus on 15 December by Niall Dickson, chief executive and registrar of the General Medical Council.

The Advanced Patient Simulator Centre, a joint project between St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London, provides specialist training for healthcare professionals and students. It allows them to test their skills in practical scenarios based on real-life situations including surgical and medical emergencies. They work with computer-controlled patient manikins that realistically mimic a wide range of health problems. Trainers can remotely control the manikins, which include both adult and child models, to instantly change the scenarios and introduce new problems for the trainees to tackle.

Penicillin doses for children should be reviewed, say experts

A team of scientists and clinicians, led by researchers at King’s College London and St George’s, University of London, are calling for a review of penicillin dosing guidelines for children, that have remained unchanged for nearly 50 years.

The call comes as a study published in the British Medical Journal indicates some children may not be receiving effective doses, which could potentially lead to failed treatment and contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Shorter malaria treatment proven as effective in treating seriously ill children as standard course

A shorter anti-malaria treatment is as effective in treating seriously ill children as the standard regimen, according to new research. Researchers have shown that three doses over two days of the drug artesunate are as effective in killing the malaria parasite in the blood as five doses over three days.

The findings could ensure children with severe malaria are more likely to complete their treatment, potentially saving lives. Reducing the number of doses could also significantly reduce the cost of administering drugs.

Ultraviolet rays believed to prevent chickenpox spreading

Ultraviolet rays help prevent the spread of chickenpox, meaning people in milder climates are more at risk of catching the disease, according to new research. The discovery could lead to new ways of preventing chickenpox and its more severe relative, shingles.

A researcher at St George’s, University of London has found that chickenpox is much less common in places with high UV ray levels, compared with those with low levels.

St George’s medical training partnership with Cyprus given official launch

The St George’s medical programme at the University of Nicosia has been launched officially with an inauguration ceremony in Cyprus. The ceremony took place at the hi-tech new medical school at Nicosia, where graduate-entry medical students are now being taught using the programme developed at St George's.

The launch was attended by the Cypriot education minister and representatives from the British High Commission, as well as St George’s principal Professor Peter Kopelman.