Charlotte Middelhaufe at Spire Leceister in March 2016

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My time at the Spire Leicester Hospital

I took my plane at the 13th of March 2016 to spend 7 weeks in Leicester. I didn’t know what to expect and was very excited.

For the next 7 weeks I was supposed to stay with my Host mother, her daughters Marja 7 and Cate 6 years old and Lèa an Au pair from France. They were very welcoming and friendly, we had a great dinner all together almost every evening.

At Spire Leicester Hospital I was working on a surgical ward, serving many specialities, such as elective Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Urology, General surgery, Ophthalmology, Bariatric surgery, Cosmetic surgery, Gastroenterology, Cardiology and Oncology.

At the first days on the ward, I was a very lost and got the feeling as if I was in my first year of training.

But after a very tiring first week I was able to understand more and noticed that a lot of medical terms have the same name, only the pronunciation is different.

The documentation is very similar as well and they have a similar assessments.

But of course there were a lot of thigs witch were different, for example the handling with drugs. All the drugs are in a save and they are very serious about double checking the medicine before they give them to a patient. The nurses also have the right to decide between different medications e.g. Painkillers which is different compared to the clink where I work.

I made great experiences at the ward and had the feeling that I was progressing every day. At the end of my placement I was able to do an admission on my own, which made me proud.

All the patient were very friendly and patently to me. The team at the ward was friendly as well, they explained everything and took their time to answer my questions.

In total, I can definitely say that my English got a much better and I learned a new way of working and clink system. I can recommend everyone to take the chance and make such an experience.

But don’t be lazy and learn medical English vocabulary before you go, it will make your start much easier.

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