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Work Experience Speech. From a young age I have dreamed of becoming a doctor so I was thrilled to find out I was successful in securing a two week work experience placement at Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield. The hospital itself consists of 12 operating theatres, 623 beds, many clinics and multiple day case facilities. The main building is very much so a maze, so I was very relieved to discover the simple system that was put in place to help us find our way around.You first get told whether you should be in the pink, green or blue section then the department followed by the clinic and finally the corridor and the member of staff to whom you should report.
During my placement I shadowed consultants, doctors, nurses and house wardens, helped out on many clinics and completed a wide variety of tasks including plastering broken bones, taking blood pressures, viewing minor operations and wheeling patients down the long corridors.I enjoyed many elements of my work experience from gossiping with the nurses, chatting to patients, hearing rather ‘interesting’ stories from the doctors and becoming a patient myself and having my own BMI, blood pressure, visual, auditory and other tests done. Without a doubt the best day of my work experience has to be the second Wednesday, In the morning I was shadowing a nurse called Sharon on Oncolgy, (the cancer treatment clinic to me and you) although I found the sites emotionally hard and struggled when it came to talking to the patients I believe that only that morning did I realise just how important life is.That afternoon was also amazing just in a very different way- I was working in clinic 1 orthopaedics and was to spend the afternoon in the plaster room where the nurses told me I needed to experience how it felt to have a pot on in order to understand how the patients were feeling, so true to their word they potted me up I had to watch carefully though as when my pot was dry and eady to be cut off I had to repeat the steps I was shown in order to prove I was ready to plaster my first patient. As I called my first patient through to the plaster room I really didn’t know what to expect all I knew was that I had to put a full arm half cast on a elderly mans broken elbow… but all went well and my plastering skills were approved and the patient left happily.However not everything’s fun and games and although I didn’t really had a ‘bad day’, the strength of my stomach was put to its test on occasions such as changing soiled bed linen and testing urine however it was the Thursday afternoon in general surgery which really made me feel queasy, as I was sat in with the consultant he read the notes of our next patient, it was a 3 year old girl with a foreign object blocking her nasal passage. The consultants job was to remove it.
As the doctor began to look up the patients nose with his telescope and began poking silver tools in and out of her nose mucus (snot) was running all down her face, within a minute of searching the consultant had located the problem and began to remove it, blood began to pour out of the girls nose and after several attempts the consultant was able to remove an odd looking shape from the nasal passage and curiously washed it put it in a small pot and showed it to the girl and her mother…TIKTAC shouted the small girl to witch we both laughed and the consultant dismissed the two. After ten days of work in plenty of departments I