Monday, 21 November 2016

Students help BBC's Children in Need

Our students raised money for the BBC's Children in Need Appeal last Friday 18th November 2016, by running a ‘drop in’ Health Clinic in the Portland Square building within the clinical skills suites in return for donations for charity. Together they raised £135.56 and completed health checks for around 40 individuals including ECG, spirometry, blood pressure, BMI and body fat measurements. Healthcare Sciences, Nutrition Exercise and Health students alongside Medical students were involved in running the ‘drop in’ Health clinic.

Some feedback comments from the individuals volunteering for the health assessments ranged from ‘very pleased with the attention given to me today, I would recommend anyone to have it done’, ‘very worthwhile, a very professional and knowledgeable group’ and ‘the best service with the best people, our future health professionals’. Exemplary comments for professional practice and care were acknowledged for Victoria Old, Jack Dodd, Kelly-Marie Adkins and Emily Biggs (Healthcare Science practitioners in training). A raffle for the Giant Pudsey had also taken place with the coffee morning; Dr Gail Rees (Plymouth University) was the winner of Pudsey for 2016.

The photographs below are from the party afterwards held in the Royal William Yard that was linked to the national TV coverage. With Pudsey are (left to right): Emily Dawson, Hannah Muntz, Harriet Goodship (back), Catherine Walsh (front), John Ravey and Kelly Adkins. The photograph underneath has Hannah Waite and Lucy Hickman being interviewed, and the bottom one has Ph.D. student Emmanuel Maze dancing with Street Factory as part of the night's entertainments. A good night.

Friday, 18 November 2016

European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Antibiotic resistance is:

- as big a threat to human health as climate change
- going to result in 10 million deaths every year by 2050 if we ignore it
- something that will have an impact on us all.

Did you know that today is European Antibiotic Awareness Day, which is part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week? Find out more by visiting the PU website with links there to a range of resources and background info., including an opinion piece by our microbiology lecturer Mat Upton. Sign up to be an Antibiotic Guardian and help preserve antibiotics for future generations! Find out how you can help by seeking alternatives to antibiotics when you are ill. Follow the links to see how SoGoodStudios are helping to raise awareness through their game jam and play the Superbugs game to see how log you can keep the human race alive!