I’ve successfully attained a work placement observing the orthopaedic department at Bradford Royal Infirmary. The placement starts from 12th December ending on 16th December. This is my first work experience at a hospital/medicinal work setting so I’m ecstatic. This will be a valuable experience which will contribute into verifying whether or not I want a career in medicine and what type of career in medicine I want.
In the morning I was in a clinical setting with a knees specialist checking patients after they had surgery. Most patients are either young who had injured themselves playing sports or they are senior and have had it removed for arthritis or other degenerative illnesses. Once the patient has been seen and dismissed the consultant records what he has heard and observed also what the next step will be on a dictaphone. This is so that it can be sent to be typed up for record and for protection against any future law cases. Whilst I was sitting in the appointments I saw the removal of stitches and the consultant explained to me there is two tendons – ACL and PCL – when one is thin and weak the other will adapt to become larger and stronger.
The health assistant sorts the notes, giving the right notes to the consultant at the right time. She checked in the patients in the waiting room and called them into the examination room. She said her work-life balance is great as she’s able to spend the evenings with her son. She loves working at the orthopaedic ward at the Bradford Royal Infirmary because of the relationships between the other staff as well as the doctors.
During the afternoon I was in the plaster room. It wasn’t very busy that afternoon but there were a few patients. Most of these patients were for arm injuries. I watch a patient get the cast that needs cold water for it to loosen up and be used. Since it wasn’t very busy a nurse put a cast on my arm that needs hot water. He only put the plaster on one side, depending where the injury is so when it comes to take it off, the cast can be cut open on the other side. Many patients come in thinking that a fracture means a small break or crack but in actual fact it just means that it’s broken regardless of its depth.