Local schools and hospital visitors will have an opportunity to find out more about the healthcare sciences as part of a range of events set up by Salisbury District Hospital staff to celebrate National Pathology Week.
This year the theme is ‘Pathology: the building Blocks of Life’ with workshops, presentations and demonstrations taking place in hospital and local schools.
On Wednesday, November 3, Dr Effie Grand, haematology consultant, will run workshops for GCSE and A Level students from Kingdown School in Warminster and Shaftesbury School in Dorset. These sessions will give the students an opportunity to learn about the clinical aspects of blood and bone marrow transplantation, fertility, genetic diagnosis and organ donation and discuss the issues around these topics.
On Thursday, November 4, Dr Vinita Mishra and Medical Technical Officer Nicholas Parkin will give a presentation to children from Godolphin School called the Science of Pathology. This will provide them with information on how the different strands of pathology are used in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of disease and conditions.
On Friday, November 5, staff will hold demonstrations for visitors in main reception. These will cover the training methods used to assess the effectiveness of hand washing techniques and how blood tests are used to diagnose specific conditions. Friday will also be a ‘wear something red’ day to raise money for the hospital’s Stars Appeal,
Vinita Mishra, Chemical Pathologist said: "This year the National Pathology Week theme is the health of mothers and babies, highlighting the role of pathology in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pregnancy related and childhood illnesses. The event concentrates on the role of pathology as the building blocks of life and gives us an opportunity to talk broadly about how pathology is used in healthcare at many stages in our lives and get children involved in what is an interesting and exciting area of science that helps them with their own studies."
Notes to Editors
There will be a photo opportunity in Main Reception at Salisbury District Hospital on Friday, November 5 at 10am where staff will be carrying out demonstrations on handwashing techniques and blood testing as staff wear something red for National Pathology Week. Please contact Patrick Butler (details below) if you would like to attend.
If you would further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ
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