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14 November 2007
Year 12 students from mid-Wales have had the opportunity to gain valuable insight into rural healthcare and learn about a variety of medical professions.
More than 80 pupils from schools across mid-Wales attended a ‘rural health day’ in Newtown, which was organised by the University’s Widening Access Team in conjunction with the Institute for Rural Health.
The aim of the event was to highlight the issues facing rural health practitioners and give an insight into the life of a country doctor, as well as providing an interactive educational experience for the pupils.
Students were able to gain hands-on experience in a number of common medical areas under the guidance of various health professionals who practice in Mid Wales, along with three healthcare students from the University.
Using specially designed training dummies provided by the University, the pupils learned how to resuscitate adults and children, how to deliver a baby, and were taught how to give intravenous injections and stitch up cuts by using a dummy arm.
The pupils were also able to talk to healthcare professionals from across mid-Wales, who gave a series of presentations about their work in rural areas.
Widening Access Manager Annie Mitchell said: "The day was a real success for everyone involved. The pupils were able to learn from district nurses and doctors about their jobs and experience first-hand some of the situations they encounter day to day. "
Similar events are planned by the Widening Access Team in North and South Wales.
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