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Far From Help

What WMT says

Far From Help – FFH – is WMT’s most well attend foundation skills courses that builds confidence and achieves a thorough grounding in how to provide more comprehensive care in all remote environments to patients who are injured and ill. FFH training may enable you to resolve an injury, infection or illness condition in the field without resorting to evacuation and at the same time make your patient more comfortable by the control of pain, nausea and fever. FFH is WMT’s long established foundation course that stands alone and includes the use of prescription only medications (POMs) which we facilitate you to obtain for 2 years post-course. FFH is also a springboard to further training in invasive techniques (FFH Part 2). Everyone embarking on adventurous travel or an expedition – whatever your aims – should complete FFH as a minimum. Excellent training + comprehensive field manual + POM authorisation = one stop shopping for solo travellers to large expedition teams.

What students say

Excellent – covered loads, good scenarios/slides
Professional/friendly – good time keeping, supportive, informative
…well delivered with good use of materials, props & demos

“This just to send my warmest thanks and congratulations for a superb course over the w/e. It actually exceeded expectations and I was amazed how much we covered in such a short time. It was professional in every way. Relaxed, engaging, highly informative and with the sure knowledge that we were being taught by someone who had been there, seen it and done it. ”

“WMT has set the standard by which wilderness first aid courses are judged”. Saturday Telegraph 14/1/12 – read the full article online.

Who should attend?

No prior experience is required and anyone without medical training is welcome to attend. FFH has been attended by well over 1000 teachers, leaders, travelers, explorers, overland drivers, climbers, divers, field researchers, university staff and many others. Where ever you are heading overseas or at sea where there is a risk of injury and illness and medical help is far away, Far From Help training is a essential investment.

Prescription Medications

You can read about using prescription antibiotics, Diamox (for high altitude) or strong pain killers in text books but the problem remains of how to obtain these supplies, how to use them appropriately and your legal position. FFH training eliminates all these concerns. We’ll tell you what medical supplies to take and enable you to obtain them two years post-course through Nomad Travel. Our comprehensive manual serves as an essential field aide memoire.

Far From Help – details & outline programme

Courses normally start no earlier than 9am and finish each day by 5.30. The running order and structure of courses may differ depending on the venue and group size but all content will be covered or included in the course manual. Tea/coffee/lunch breaks are taken as required. Lunches are not provided except on residential courses.

Day 1 – Theme – trauma
Introductions & aims of the course
Bench marking trauma scenario – practical
Legal issues
Measuring vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, breathing) – practical
Practical sessions:
ABC approach to the injured casualty
• Latest CPR guidelines
Practical sessions:
• moving / lifting / straightening an injured casualty
• basic fracture & dislocation management
Head and spine injuries
Wound management
Wound management – practical:
• use of Steristrips
• burns and dressings
• use of glue & wound packing
Expedition medical planning

Day 2 – Theme – medical problems
Diagnosis – how to take a patient history
Practical sessions:
• history taking
• examining ENT (ear, nose, throat) & eyes
Pain management & nursing care
Common medical conditions – diarrhoea, asthma, blisters, bites
Case based discussions:
• heat illness
• cold and frostbite injuries
• altitude sickness – use of Diamox/dexamethasone/nifedipine
Anaphylactic shock and use of Epipen/Anapen
Medical kits & supplies
Written examination
Final questions / certificates / feedback & farewell

Note: some of the skills taught, and the use of prescription-only-medicines (POMs) are not appropriate for use in the UK or anywhere if professional medical support is readily available. Professional medical advice should always be sought before using prescription medications. WMT reserves the right to amend course content without notice in keeping with the latest best clinical practice.

Future course dates

Don’t see course dates that work for you? Don’t worry – FFH is our most frequently run course and dates are often set with a 3 to 6 month lead time. However, dates that involve residential facilities (such as Glenmore Lodge and Grasmere) are set much further in advance. Sign up to our newsletter to receive word of new course dates or book mark this page to revisit it.

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Far From Help at Glenmore Lodge

We love working at Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore, Scotland. The facilities, food, accommodation and wild setting at the foot of Cairngorm are amazing. These are the most competitively priced WMT Explorer courses and suit clients who prefer a full board/accommodation one price package and especially those in Scotland. Aviemore is 30 miles and 45 minutes from Inverness airport which is well served with flights from London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and elsewhere. You can get to Aviemore by bus and train from Inverness. Travel to Aviemore by road is very good and scenic as is rail access. Use SKYSCANNER to research flights or visit the Lodge’s useful How to find us page to help plan your journey by all modes. All WMT courses at the Lodge are administered by the Lodge. Many delegates plan a holiday around a WMT Lodge course and stay in the area to climb, ski, bike or walk independently or attend another Lodge course.

Far From Help at Grasmere Independent Hostel – “Knocks most other Lakeland hostels into a cocked hat”. The Guardian

Finally we’ve found a very high standard 4-star hostel with a 5-star Trip Adviser rating that has first-class facilities within easy reach of the “south” and nestled at the foot of the hills near Grasmere in the beautiful Lake District. There are fast London trains to Windermere and easy bus connections to Grasmere for those using public transportation. We have exclusive use of this 24 bed facility with a dedicated conference room, en-suite bathrooms, a lounge with awesome views, laundry facilities, drying room and a sauna! It’s centrally heated with free flowing hot water for showers (no coin meters in this posh pad!). Free wifi is available and linen/bedding is provided. Best of all it’s 400 yards to a classic real ale Lakeland pub. See lovely photos of the hostel here or visit the hostel website.

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