On Wednesday 12 October, Kingston Hospital welcomed a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students from Chessington School, to a ‘Your Heart Hospital’ event.
The Your Heart Hospital initiative is supported by the British Cardiovascular Society and is a nationwide event involving NHS Trusts across the country.
Hosted by consultant cardiologists Dr Tapesh Pakrashi and Dr Simon Pearse, the programme aims to support local school pupils to understand more about heart disease and the cardiology services run by Kingston Hospital, as well as teaching resuscitation skills, and providing insight into careers in health and care. Talks and demonstrations were given by members of staff from across the hospital, ranging from doctors and physiologists, to nurses, resuscitation officers, and physician associates.
Students were given the opportunity to learn more about each of the roles that play a part in caring for cardiology patients with heart rhythm problems and treating heart attack patients, as well as hearing about wide-ranging career pathways and opportunities for working within the NHS.