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Two pupils fixing casts at Cirencester Hospital taster day Students at a local school had the chance to find out what life is like in a community hospital at a new NHS taster day. 

Pupils from Cirencester Kingshill School undertook exercises with physiotherapists, practiced putting on plaster casts in the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit and learnt basic life support skills with staff at Cirencester Hospital. 

The students, from Years 10 and 11, spent the day with clinicians looking at a range of healthcare career opportunities. The pupils learnt about day-to-day working life in a hospital, tried out practical skills and came away with valuable insight into the NHS. 

Linda Edwards, Matron at Cirencester Hospital, said: “The taster day was a great success. Staff at the hospital talked to the pupils about the wide range of careers and volunteering opportunities in healthcare, and the students were really engaged. They showed a huge amount of interest, and were very enthusiastic.”

The students had already expressed an interest in working for the NHS, and were keen to learn more from clinical staff.

Penny Hicks, Careers Coordinator at Cirencester Kingshill School, said: “We were made to feel very welcome by the staff at the hospital. The students found the day very interesting, and the 13 students have all decided that working within the NHS is the right route for them.” 

“They were also keen to make sure other people learnt CPR. I would love to repeat this type of taster day with other students at the school”. 

Cirencester Hospital is one of seven community hospitals in the county run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, and it is hoped that this will be the first of many taster days. 

Richard Hobbs, Volunteer Coordinator at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said: It was an excellent way of extending the hospital's links with the local community and hopefully encouraging the next generation of healthcare professionals. I look forward to working with the school again in the future and we hope to offer Taster Days for schools near our other community hospitals.”

13 February 2017