2013-10-24 12:12:28 - History has been brought to life for pupils at a Southampton infant school learning about how modern hospitals compare to the Victorian-era.
Over three days 90 children from Maytree Nursery and Infant School visited Southampton NHS Treatment Centre to learn about nurse and heroine Mary Seacole, the history of Royal South Hants Hospital and how brushing teeth and washing hands help keep germs at bay.
The pupils were joined by Mayor of Southampton Cllr Ivan White and local historian John Avery. John shared his knowledge about Mary Seacole, Royal South Hants Hospital – which in 2010 named its outpatient wing in her honour – and showed his collection of medical artefacts, some of which are over 100 years old.
During the visits, infection control nurse Claire Evennett and dental nurses Claire Jones, Angela Harrison and Yvette Neal demonstrated how John’s collection of operating instruments,
stethoscopes, uniforms and medicine bottles differ from the medical equipment available today.
Paula Friend, hospital director at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome pupils from Maytree into the hospital and share our knowledge with them. John’s collection of medical artefacts was fascinating and it’s so interesting to see how nursing has changed over the years. The final day was extra special thanks to the Mayor joining us and I hope everybody enjoyed themselves as much as the treatment centre team did.”
Jan Goatley, headteacher at Maytree Nursery and Infant School, said: “Maytree is very pleased to have such a good relationship with Royal South Hants Hospital and visits are very valuable for our children. The hospital staff have really understood how to engage young bilingual children in order to make the very most of the learning opportunity. This visit forms a key part of the work done in Year 1 this term and helps learning come alive for the children.”
Southampton NHS Treatment Centre is located at Royal South Hants Hospital and provides endoscopy, general surgery, gynaecology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, orthopaedics, pain management, urology and ear, nose and throat procedures. For more information, visit southamptontreatmentcentre.nhs.uk or call 0333 200 1820.