Sixth Formers enjoyed an informative tour of Kettering General Hospital where they attended four different workshops taking part in practical activities and then spoke to doctors and healthcare professionals about potential career paths. The trip was organised by Mrs Smith who said: ‘We had an introductory talk by a surgeon about the route into medicine, what the training is like, all the expectations and difficulties and how people branch out into different fields. At the end there were stalls by the finance department, junior doctors, trainee nurses, trainee midwives, physiotherapists and radiologists. All the different sections of the hospital had come along with leaflets and they were there to answer questions that the students had about their own specific line of work.’
During four separate workshop sessions our Year 12s used a medical mannequin to check heartbeat, breathing and blood pressures, and learned about injections and blood samples. Another seminar was about radiology and nuclear medicine, a third was devoted to blood transfusion and blood work and the final one was about life support and basic resuscitation.
Student Nemanja Maslic said: ‘It was a privilege to go to the hospital as people of our age don’t normally get this opportunity. There were four different seminars, one was on radiology and X-rays, one was about blood transfusions and different blood groups, how it works and which blood can be given to which patient. Then there was a demonstration with a mannequin. When you put a stethoscope on its chest you could hear its heartbeat and breathing pattern. It could be altered to portray different symptoms, such as asthma so you could hear the difference. Then we were shown how to use a blood pressure and oxygen saturation machine. Then there was basic resuscitation and another activity. I found them all really interesting.
I learned how to do basic CPR, which will be really helpful to know. I immediately volunteered as I wanted to get involved as much as possible and it was really interesting. At the end we talked to all the different staff; the biochemists, nurses and junior doctors about what you need to study at university so that was really useful. Initially I wanted to study chemistry at university but now that I have gone on the tour I found the blood transfusion and blood work interesting. They said I would probably have to do biochemistry at university so I may look at doing that instead.
Kelly Ianakieva, who is planning on a medical career, said: ‘It was very interesting to see all the different parts of the hospital such as the radiography. I am interested in going into biomedicine and medicine so this tour gave me a really good idea of potential careers. I am studying biology, maths, chemistry and history. My favourite part of the day was when they showed us the chest compressions because it was really interesting and they were showing how all the blood works and how you inject things. Also the talks were very useful as I spoke to junior doctors which really helped as I could get their point of view. All my friends really enjoyed it as well.’