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Last Updated:  Monday, 7 April, 2003, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Scheme aims to cut child injuries
A nurse sets a child's finger in plaster
Children learn basic first aid skills and have lessons on safety
A project which aims to reduce the number of children hurt in accidents has been launched at a Sussex hospital.

Health workers at Eastbourne Downs NHS Primary Care Trust piloted the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools, or IMPS, with 250 pupils at two schools.

The scheme, which invites children into hospitals to find out what it is like to be a patient, will now be extended to all primary schools in East Sussex.

Eastbourne District General Hospital's accident and emergency department has already welcomed several parties of children aged 10 and 11.

Child deaths

As well as touring the hospital's main units, the children learn basic first aid skills.

Lessons in school back up the hospital's message about safety in the home, on the roads and at play.

At present one in four under-14s ends up in accident and emergency each year, the trust says.

Accidental injury is the biggest single cause of child death in the UK, according to the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

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