Two theatre manager staff nurses from Benenden Hospital transformed the School’s Science Atrium into a mock operating theatre as girls took part in two interactive sessions.
Girls in the Lower Fifth and upwards – those in the Medics Club and lunchtime Careers Club – were able to learn how to ‘scrub up’ and put gowns and gloves on to maintain sterility in the theatre environment. They then learnt about operating theatre procedure and handled the specialist tools used for surgery including forceps, clamps and swabs.
The Medics Club also heard fascinating stories from one of the theatre nurses about her experiences in operating theatres in Afghanistan and Yemen where she was part of a humanitarian mission and were given tips about being a good medical student.
Overall, these were two rewarding hands-on sessions for pupils interested in medical-related careers.