Operating Theatre Live draws medically-minded pupils from Priestlands and Noadswood

20 March 2020

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Year 10 pupils from Priestlands and Noadswood schools aiming for medical careers visited Brockenhurst College recently for a hands-on surgical learning experience run by Operating Theatre Live.

Fifteen learners from each school assembled in the main hall for the half-day initiative that comprised lectures, demonstrations and dissection workshops using pigs.

The programme, which was called Prepare a Doctor, covered six different areas: patient care and infection control, anaesthetics, principles of anatomy, head and neck, the thorax, and the abdomen.

Katie from Priestlands said: “I enjoyed the fact we got to see everything and just get stuck in. It was so much fun and helped me have a few more ideas on what I want to be.”

Head of Curriculum for Science at Brockenhurst College, Rachel Hughes, said: “Operating Theatre Live provides outstanding learning opportunities for young people interested in medical careers.

“With our tradition of excellence across the STEM subjects, we were very pleased to welcome local school pupils into Brock to benefit from this initiative and experience a taste of further education,” she added.

The event formed part of the College’s itinerary for the nationwide British Science Week, which aims to inspire learners to follow scientific career paths.