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Pupils see science and engineering in action in hospital visit 

Salisbury District Hospital staff brought science and engineering to life for children from Broad Chalke Primary School when they came to see what clinical scientists and medical engineers can do to help improve the quality of life for people with disabling conditions.

 

 
Medical Engineer, Brian Roberts, shows children a wheelchair that has been adapted to help a patient with a spinal cord injury. Brian is a former patient on the spinal unit who is a qualified mechanical engineer and is now working in the hospital’s Clinical Science and Engineering Department.
 

The visit by 12 children was part of the Imagineering initiative, which aims to give 8-16 year olds an introduction to the world of engineering. It gives the children practical hands-on activities and enables them to find out how things work and how they are made.

 

At Salisbury District Hospital the children saw how electrical devices and implants are used to stimulate paralysed nerves and muscles, improving the quality of life for people who have had a stroke or other neurological disorders. They also saw how clinical engineers develop or adapt equipment that is used to help people with spinal cord injuries.

 

Bill Cox Martin, Senior Rehabilitation Engineer  said: “ Science and engineering is used throughout the hospital in so many different ways and this visit gave the children an opportunity to see some practical examples of its use in hospital. The children showed a real interest in what we do here and it was a really worthwhile and enjoyable visit for us all.” Ends

 

For further information please contact
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS  Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170.

 
 
Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:06 
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