Health & Social Care visit The Old Operating Theatre Museum

On the 8th and the 15th of October 2019, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care groups visited the Old Operating Theatre Museum in Guy's Hospital. The students and staff, Rosanna and Joe, found the Museum interesting and important in regards to health and social care and what is being taught in the subject area. The museum is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe.

The students attended a surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of St. Thomas’s Hospital of 1822 on operations and surgery that took place without anaesthetic, only the odd swig of brandy or whisky to ease the pain of having one of your limbs or gall stones removed or impending death.

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Two of our students, Jasmine and Sherika, participated in the demonstration which was watched by members of the public who were visiting the museum, particularly interesting was how midwifery has advanced over the past 60 years and the wider choices parents-to-be now have.

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The impact of the visit ensured that the students learnt about the advancement of medicine and surgery from the 18th Century to present, the information and knowledge gained will support a range of units such as Unit 5 Anatomy and Physiology and Unit 23 Complementary Therapies in H&SC.

Rosanna and Joe want to thank all the students for their participation, fantastic behaviour on the day and their knowledge of health and social care which they shared with members of the public in the demonstration. A well-deserved brunch took place in China Town before the visit to start the day.

Here are what the students thought;

Ashante and Adjwoa: "The day was brilliant, we learnt so much about how the NHS has developed and the reasons for it being there."

Jasmin: "I definitely want a career in Health and Social Care, I think I can make a difference and would enjoy the challenge."

Shivonne: "I enjoyed the demonstration, it really informed me how far we have come in terms of medicine and surgery."

Russ Lawrance, Principal said " This visit provided our students with an excellent opportunity to actively engage with the history of medicine and methods of old. What a great way to enhance their BTEC Health & Social Care studies here at Haringey Sixth Form College. Thanks again to our magnificent staff for extending these additional opportunities for our amazing students."

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