Lower Sixth students spent the day as junior medics last week at Royal Preston Hospital.
Fifteen boys visited the Health Academy, part of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and enjoyed their hands on experience. They took part in various activities from role play exercises to gather patient information, to acting as a Paramedic on the scene. They also learned how to deal with a trauma patient and followed the ABCDE method of assessment. They were shown how to analyse an X-ray and even practised taking blood.
Sarah Haigh, Head of Sixth Form said: “It was very insightful and gave the boys a practical understanding into what will be involved if they decide to pursue a career in medicine. The staff from The Health Academy at Preston Hospital, and current third year students, were very informative, enthusiastic and helpful. They talked to the boys about the training required and offered their advice on the application processes and future career opportunities.”
Cain Donnelly, from Lancaster Royal Grammar School Sixth Form said: “I really enjoyed the trip to Royal Preston Hospital and felt that it gave me a real insight into the role of a Junior Doctor in the NHS. Throughout the afternoon we completed five stations which included; talking to the Paramedics, asking a relative for the patient’s medical history, using a life sized dummy to check the 'patients' pulse and taking blood from a fake arm, and finally; looking at the 'patients' X-ray and determining what was wrong with her (we discovered a nasty left-sided pneumothorax and badly broken femur).”
Cain added: “My favourite part of the afternoon was definitely talking to the mother of the patient (who was actually an actress) because it was nice to see that medicine isn't just about surgery and medication, but about talking to people, helping them and reducing their anxiety.”