Youngsters are given a taste of life in hospital

Staff from Calderdale Royal Hospital: Claire Greasely, Andrew Lockey, Paul Jarvis and Gail Richardson and students Danielle Whitworth, Rosie Woodward with Teacher Graeme Woodward.
Staff from Calderdale Royal Hospital: Claire Greasely, Andrew Lockey, Paul Jarvis and Gail Richardson and students Danielle Whitworth, Rosie Woodward with Teacher Graeme Woodward.

SCHOOLchildren had a lesson with a difference when they learned what life is like working in a hospital.

Year 8 and 9 pupils from Ryburn Valley High School visited Calderdale Royal Hospital for a tour of departments and to speak to a range of professionals.

The students got a taste of life as a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, pharmacist, midwife, dietitian and paramedic.

Andrew Lockey, A&E consultant, who helped organise the visit, said: “We have always had close links with Ryburn Valley School and they asked if we would talk to year eight and nine students about what it was like working in the NHS.

“We thought it was best for them to come here and see what a range of careers were available to them.

“That way they get to see the departments and talk to people about what it’s like to work here.

“The aim is to encourage local children to follow a career in the NHS.

“Hopefully, we’ll now have 30 motivated and enthusiastic children who are seriously considering the possibility of a career in the NHS.”

Year 8 pupil Rosie Woodward, who spoke to a physiotherapist at the hospital, said: “I really enjoyed it.

“I learnt a lot. It’s helped me decide what I’d like to do.”

Teacher Graeme Woodward added: “It is great for the kids to be able to see things at first hand.”