Tynwald president Clare Christian unveiled a wall plaque to mark the extension to the Keyll Darree training centre at Noble’s Hospital which is now under way.
The work will bring about a major upgrade of the medical training facilities at the hospital in the wake of the Francis report in the UK which stressed the importance of effective training for medical staff.
Speaking afterwards, Mrs Christian said: ‘This will be an extraordinarily useful facility for the Isle of Man health service and Dr Dashfield (the hospital’s director of medical education) and his colleagues are to be commended for their efforts in bringing together private sector resources to build this new facility.’
The Keyll Darree extension is part funded by charitable donations raised by the recently-established Medical Clinical Skills Charitable Trust, which will also own and administer the new centre. Resources including simulators and mannequins in the building will provide training and updates for all doctors across the island.
The Eric and Marion Scott Trust, The Microgaming Health and Care Trust the Manx Stroke Foundation and private donations have all contributed to fund the two storey-extension to the building. The hospital is a UK accredited training centre providing courses for up to 16 doctors. It has links with the University of Chester and Manchester Metropolitan University and the centre will also be used by Mersey Deanery postgraduate medical trainees who visit the island.