Children Learn about Services Provided by the NHS – the Millom Way


Primary school children from St James School in Millom have been finding out about using NHS resources wisely…. in a very unique way.


Recently the Millom Alliance brought a ‘Health Week’ to St James School in Millom.

The week involved a series of guest ‘teachers’ to teach the children about relevant health issues including the difference between big sick (when an ambulance is needed) and little sick (an illness that can be treated at home such as a cold).


The week concluded with an assembly on the Friday afternoon that brought together everything that the children had learnt over the week in a fun and informative presentation to their families and wider community.


Nerissa Nicholas- Head Teacher at St James School said:

‘We are delighted to be involved in the Millom Alliance. It’s so exciting for the children to be involved in the Alliance and by getting the children to talk about these issues it’s a great way to educate parents as well.  The children demonstrated what services should be utilised for different illnesses and injuries, including the need to call an ambulance for serious accidents such as a car crash, but not to do so for a minor injuries such as falling over and grazing a knee. “


This action packed week was led by Joanne Garnett, the link nurse for the Alliance and the guest teachers included Dr Lois Hunter (Millom GP), Sheila Ellwood (Fitness Instructor), Claire Morris (Community paramedic) and Jakki Moore from The Beggars Theatre.


Joanne Garnett, Link Nurse for the Alliance (Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) said:

‘It’s been a massive success; the children have a better understanding of our services and how to use them, being able to have the actual people from the services here to talk to the children really brought it to life for them. The Alliance are very grateful that they all took time out of their schedule to help deliver this.’

The children concluded the assembly with a catchy song ‘Big Sick Little Sick’ and a quiz further showing the knowledge they had gained over the fun filled and successful health week.