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WMT - Advanced Medicine

Qualification Level - 4 days | Prices from £620.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 6 reviews

Advanced Medicine over 4-days is the GOLD standard and most comprehensive programme in WMT’s Explorer series. Advanced Medicine includes all Far From Help course material (days 1 & 2) plus (days 3 & 4) Far From Help Part 2/Advanced Refresher – to include invasive training in how to staple/glue wounds, use local anaesthetic, administer intramuscular injections and more.

Please note that this course is run as two, 2-day modules run back to back i.e. Far From Help Foundation and Far From Help Part 2/ Advanced Refresher.


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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £720.00
Cost (no accommodation): £620.00

Is It For Me?

No prior experience is required and anyone without medical training is welcome to attend. Advanced Medicine has been the gold standard in expedition medical training in the UK for over 20 years and has been attended by hundreds of teachers, leaders, travelers, explorers, overland drivers, climbers, divers, field researchers, university staff and many others. Advanced Medicine is firmly geared to those working or travelling overseas to remote places where the risk of medical problems is high and medical facilities are limited. The course covers a broad range of injury and illness conditions including the use of prescription medicines and some invasive techniques – stapling wounds and giving injections.

Course Aims

You can read about using prescription antibiotics, Diamox (for high altitude) or strong pain killers in text books, injectable drugs and the like, but the problem remains of how to obtain these supplies, how to use them appropriately and your legal position. Advanced Medicine training eliminates all these concerns. We’ll teach you about the medical supplies to take and enable you to obtain these via Nomad Travel’s pharmacy for up to two years post-course. Our comprehensive A5 field manual with nearly 200 pages serves as an aide memoire in the field so you prescribe safely and we thoroughly cover the legal considerations on each course.

Course Content

Advanced Medicine is normally run as 2 back to back courses over 4 days – the first 2 days are Far From Help and the final 2 is FFH Part 2/Advanced Refresher.

Day 1 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 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

Day 3 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 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 4ABC approach to trauma – including blast/ballistics 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 Advanced wound management Wound management – practical: • injecting local anaesthetic • stapling • use of Steristrips & skin glue Written exam Final questions / certificates / feedback & farewell

Note: some of the skills taught, and the use of prescription-only-medicines (POMs) and injections especially, 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.


What Will I Need?

Comfortable clothing and sensible shoes are recommended. We might do some outdoor based scenario teaching – please have appropriate outdoor clothes and suitable footwear including a waterproof jacket and pants. The Lodge “stores” have waterproofs you can borrow for free if you are travelling light. Please ignore the Lodge’s generic advice re: outdoor kit – these are not outdoor activity courses.

Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit and a spare towel!

Course Pre-Requisites

Prior first aid training is not required to attend. If you have never done a first aid course you
must read the latest first aid manual from the Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance to bring
yourself up to speed with basic first aid. WMT courses are aimed at highly motivated people
with plans to travel overseas/offshore to challenging areas where medical backup is limited,
poor, distant or non-existent. Explorer courses are not suitable for qualified doctors but
medical students up to year three, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals are

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 6 reviews Read all reviews

Thanks for a plesent stay during the course
Paul Martin Curry Reviewed on 14/12/2015
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My dietary requirements are a pain in the butt, but the team made such an effort to cater for me and provide me with tasty food in abundance. I also altered my plans re. accommodation several times and the staff always responded in a positive manner. The room, facilities, location and friendly staff always make a stay at Glenmore a memorable experience and a sad one to leave. thanks to all
sara bull Reviewed on 12/12/2015
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Great course in an exceptional location.
Neil Crouchman Reviewed on 11/12/2015
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Excellent course that surpassed what I expected. Excellent value will recommend it to others . Reception very helpful in regards to sorting out my rail enquiries. Bar staff as all staff friendly. Good friendly positive vibe from all staff even those with nothing to do with my course
Ian Mcclelland Reviewed on 10/12/2015
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Everyone at the lodge - from our instructors to the reception staff to the guy providing outdoor gear to the chefs - was extremely kind, helpful and fun to talk to and learn from. I would definitely recommend the lodge and the area to anyone heading up north (from where I am in London!).
Maryla Cross Reviewed on 02/05/2015
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Hi Guys, Glenmore was an excellent venue. It was far in excess of my expectations, excellent food and beverage. A hot drink on tap was most welcome when the course content (mostly theory) caused brain overload. You are doing a fantastic job - keep it up! Thank you all.
David Thorpe Reviewed on 30/04/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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