Students scrub up for unique operating theatre insight

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 July 2015

Students prepare for theatre.

Students prepare for theatre.

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WOULD-BE doctors and surgeons sampled a taste of medical life in a new work experience programme at Weston General Hospital this week.

Students from schools across the district – including Worle Community School, Priory Community School and Churchill Academy – who are considering futures in healthcare were given a hands-on insight into hospital careers.

The event was organised by Weston Area Health NHS Trust as part of a programme of work experience activities for students interested in the health industry.

Those who took part got to try using surgical equipment and enjoyed a rare glimpse inside an operating theatre at the hospital’s day case unit.

The students had to scrub up and dress in surgical gowns to ensure they met scrupulous hygiene standards.

Students also spent time learning about how theatres work and how patients are cared for, and met health professionals to get an in-depth look at future surgical career possibilities.

Afterwards, the trust’s theatre manager Jayne Fitzgerald said: “We’ve had some great feedback about our work experience programme – everyone seemed to enjoy it, especially being able to visit our operating theatre, from healthcare professionals and try out some of our surgical equipment.

“It’s brilliant to see so many students from the area showing an interest in medicine.

“There is a shortage of healthcare professionals coming from region, so work experience programmes like this can assist our local young people in becoming the healthcare professionals of the future and help to fill that gap.”

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