Far From Help Part 2/Advanced Refresher

Course outline & key info

For “in-date” alumni only, FFH2 is a two-day course that builds on and refreshes previous WMT training (FFH or Advanced Medicine) by introducing useful invasive skills – those involving needles. Skills taught include wound closure using staples, injecting local anaesthetic into wounds, giving intramuscular injections, moulage/scenario training (usually outdoors), how to reconstitute drugs for injection and how to give fluids subcutaneously to the dehydrated patient via a needle under the skin. Important theory is revisited and there is an end of coures written exam. On completion, delegates are awarded WMT’s gold standard Advanced Medicine certificate that is valid for two years. You must have attended a WMT course in the last two years to attend FFH2 which is taught by doctors.

Far From Help Part 2/Advanced Refresher
FFH2 is for alumni to refresh their invasive skills (injections, stapling wounds, sub-cut fluids).
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Delegate feedback

All instructors extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Fully comprehensive (re: content and materials)
All excellent. Very helpful, easy to understand and very practical (re: instructors)
Thank you very much….especially for the great practical sessions.

Target audience

Anyone who has completed any WMT Explorer training in the last two years can attend. You must be “in-date” to attend; we check! Glenmore Lodge courses sell out 2-3 months in advance. Book early or you will need to completely retrain. Excellent training by doctors + comprehensive field manual + POM authorisation = one stop shopping for the solo traveller, families, private teams and up to large expedition teams. FFH2 has been attended by hundreds leaders, travelers, explorers, film crew, overland drivers, climbers, divers, field researchers, university staff and many others.

Prescription medicines – POMs

FFH training covers what medical supplies to take and enables you to obtain them for two years post-course through WMT’s pharmacy partner so you can add antibiotics, high altitude medicines, strong pain killers and other useful injectable medicines to your medical kit such as adrenaline vials (much cheaper than EpiPens), dexamethasone, Stemetil, Tramadol, lignocaine and more. WMT’s comprehensive Explorer course manual serves as an essential field aide memoire.


WMT issues a certificate which is valid for two years and accepted by most, if not all, UK NGB awards. See also Accreditation.

Outline programme & content

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. Food is not provided except on residential courses.

Day 1
Introductions and aims of the course
Review of important legal aspects
History taking revisited
Approach to illness – pearls and pitfalls:
• differentiating the severe headache
• approach to chest pain
• abdominal problems (appendicitis, hernias, testicular problems)
• snake bite
Pain management – use of intramuscular Tramadol
CPR practical
Anaphylactic shock – use of adrenaline, Epipen/Anapen
Intramuscular injections – practical
– reconstitution of drugs
– safe handling of “sharps” (dirty needles)
Case based discussions
• Asthma – spacer use, ventolin regimes
• Diabetes – including BM (blood glucose) measurement
• Fever – including malaria
Advanced medical kits and supplies – including intramuscular medicines
Medical kit workshop – pulse oximeters, blood glucose measuring devices, malaria rapid diagnostic test and standby treatment, water purification

Day 2
ABC approach to trauma
Advanced fracture and dislocation management
Practical sessions:
• the broken pelvis – use of pelvic binder
• the broken leg – use of Kendrick traction device
Practical sessions:
• vehicle extrication & RTA scene safety
• triage workshop & practical moulages (illness and accident scenario training)
Advanced wound management
Wound management – practical:
• injecting local anaesthetic
• stapling
• use of Steristrips & skin glue
Giving subcutaneous fluids
Using Oxygen
Written exam
Final questions / certificates / feedback & farewell

Important re: WMT @ Glenmore Lodge

All WMT courses at the Lodge are administered by the them so when you click on the WMT website to book a course you will be redirected to the Lodge website; they take payment and clients are bound by their terms and conditions. VAT is NOT applicable or included in the fee. NB. WMT Glenmore Lodge courses always sell out 2-3 months in advance. Book early! Contact Glenmore directly if you wish to only pay a deposit.

We love working at Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1QZ. The facilities, food, accommodation and wild setting at the foot of Cairngorm are amazing. 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.

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