Paediatric consultant and adult emergency specialist Dr Christine Brabyn was with a team of two nurse practitioners and paediatric emergency specialist Dr Tony Bell. They were in the country last week holding a training programme for 15 participants at the Rarotonga Hospital.
Dr Brabyn said, “There is a great paediatric service here now and it was nice to see similar faces over the years and each time, we see the improvement of their service delivery.”
She said she has seen in particular improvement in the emergency department and the way children are taken care of in Rarotonga.
Dr Brabyn said the training emphasises the importance of trying to recognise an unwell child because this seemed to be something that people struggle with.
She said a child that maybe unwell may not necessarily have high temperature or may not be eating well and it is important to recognise these things in their line of work.
She said the group participants enjoyed the training that included practical work on reviving a child during an emergency and showing the importance of team work.