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Students enjoy hospital work experience
The doctors of the future picked up some paediatric work experience at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.
Sixth formers from several West London schools spent a week with doctors and nurses at the hospital, learning about how they care for their youngest patients.
They spent time in the children's allergy clinic and the neonatal department, and learned about physiotherapy, blood disorders and the work of play specialists, who provide emotional support for patients and help them lead as normal a life as possible while in hospital.
The students also performed procedures on dummies to show them the ways to treat young patients in hospital.
Anwar Elharabi, 17, from Chelsea Independent College, said: "We got to see all of the paediatrics unit, its different parts, different specialities, and how its staff work together for the care of the patients."
Said Omar, 17, from Paddington Academy, added: "I wanted to see what kind of involvement in your job you have as a doctor - I've learned about the amount of hours you do, for example."
Paediatrics senior house officer at St Mary's, Dr Katherine Styles, organised the work experience programme.
She said: "We've had enormous input from play therapists and the whole team, and are really proud to offer this programme to our local schools."
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