Two sport-loving doctors have created COVID-19 safety posters for the sports teams at Durham University.
A lot of us are missing our regular dose of sport right now. But for doctors Kirstie Grant and Omar Ahmed, it’s a particular problem as they are both taking part in a specialist Sports Fellowship clinical placement.
The doctors are allocated four hours a week away from their regular A&E duties to work in sports clinics and support the various sports teams at Durham University.
With sports being so effected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirstie and Omar were still keen to use their medical knowledge to benefit the university’s sports team.
The duo has developed a series of posters for the university, offering accurate, up-to-date advice and guidance for the sports teams as they begin the process of returning to training and competing.
Kirstie, who is originally from Cheshire before moving the Tees Valley, said: “We just wanted to help the university with some resources so they could be confident about training safely.
“We’ve designed and printed the posters specifically for Durham University. But we think we can now widen the scope a little.”
Omar said: “We’ve adapted the posters to make them useful for other local clubs. We’ll get them off to print soon and we’ll also make sure we have the digital art available for any local clubs or gyms to print off and display.”
Providing accurate information
The posters have a clear ‘version control’ date/numbering system to ensure the information is kept up to date. They include information about:
- Physical distancing
- Stress good hand hygiene
- Sports-specific advice such as ensuring all kit is washed quickly
- Advice on returning to sport after recovering from COVID-19
Richard Warburton is Durham University’s Performance Sport Services Manager. He commented: “Our partnership with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust continues to go from strength to strength. And the support provided by Kirstie and Omar as part of the Sports Fellowship placement has been invaluable in providing accurate information to support our students in returning to sport and physical activity.”