It’s big, it’s healthy and guess what? We did it all in a day! Over 70 health care heroines, students and yes… I suppose some teachers too.
- Report by Zainab, a Year 10 student at Whalley Range 11-18 High School:
That’s right, Whalley Range High School invited over 70 health care staff and experts from the health care field, ranging from doctors, nurses, medical researchers, paramedics, psychologists, physiologists, surgeons, all types of therapists and oh gosh, that word count is going pretty fast so I’ll be stopping now. You get the gist though, we had all types of people take time out of their busy lives to come and have a chat with students, including getting involved with activities to help better understand what each person in the health care system does exactly.
We firstly had a nice warm welcome from Aisha (our head girl) and then the organiser of the day’s event, surgeon and parenting Governor Naseer Ahmed, usually working at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Want to know how busy he really is? Well, just as he had begun his speech, all steaming right ahead, no glitches so far…when his phone went off. There’s probably never a break for the man! But, laughing it off with the rest of us, he pushed on ahead.
Naseer described to us his life story. He briefly stated the ups and downs of his life, from when he was born in Birmingham (claiming that it was a downside, but I really don’t see why though. All the best people I know are from Birmingham…kind of), to failing his Maths GCSE and having to go all the way over to Sunderland to get into University. Hold on, those are all downs. Ok, no, there are plenty of ups, especially seeing that he had got himself to build himself up again and flourish into a vascular surgeon. Anyway, one thing that Naseer told us, that truly is the Oxford definition of the word ‘Inspiration’, was…
It’s very true that failing is a whole universe-sized better than not even giving something a go. It’s basically a billion times worse than failing, and I suppose that was one of the core messages of the day, along with a few more I’ll be prattling on about. INSPIRATION WHOO!
Let’s not forget about the health care heroines and students, who went around in the hall to test out the stalls of professions and what they had to offer, like trying of physiotherapy bands and exercises, 3D glasses and a device to wipe your ‘derriere’ if you’re unable to! Students had a blast trying out some of the workshops throughout the day. Many got themselves busy with a bit of stitching. No, not embroidery, we save that for textiles. Students were able to try out on a realistic model and attempt their hand at stitching up some wounds with real surgical equipment. It looked to me like they were ready to give it a real go, but that’s obviously not an option for the faint-hearted.
Another workshop was key-hole surgery. Sorry, not what the locksmiths in the audience assume it is. It is actually a way to make extremely hard-to-do and complex experimentation easy to see and do by enlarging the image of your object on a screen and doing what must be done, a bit like looking through a keyhole! Except, you can actually see it properly. Probably like a locksmith can.
I was able to get a comment off student Mariyah, who was working her very hardest on her stitchery. She said:
I now know that if my fingers ever fall off from typing way too much, Mariyah will come to stitch me right back up! See what I did there?! Oh, come on, just some medical humour! It never hurt anyone…? I’m wasted here.
But workshops and falling-off fingers aside, I was able to chat to plenty of guest speakers and Governors on how their day went and what they think about our Big Health Day overall, because honestly, no one can tell you better about the day than the people who took part in it. Here we go, let’s see what some people had to say!
Gilly Mehraban, Director of Admissions, School of Health Sciences, University of Salford:
Julia Bridgewater, Chief Executive of Central Manchester University Hospital:
Hazel Remeika, School Governor:
Thank you to everyone who came along and had a go. The chances of us forgetting something like this are very slim. I guess we’ll have to wrap it all up from here, with a few words from our Executive Headteacher, Ms Kane. Thanks for reading!
Patsy Kane, Executive Head of Whalley Range 11-18 High School: