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Students welcome a ‘Taste of Medicine Day’

Our Voluntary Services team invited 27 local students interested in studying medicine for a taster day at Royal Surrey.

The Taste of Medicine programme was set up in 2014 by Chrissie Beard, Voluntary Service Lead with Matthew Solon, Orthopaedic Consultant and Oliver-Templeton Ward, Orthopaedic Consultant. The programme is aimed at students aged 16 and above, who are considering a career in medicine.

Last week the group got the chance to watch recorded surgeries and had the opportunity to use the minimal access training equipment whilst being supervised by clinicians. Royal Surrey is a leading centre for minimal access training therapy.

Students also took part in resuscitation training and gained their Basic Life support certificate. 

James Nutt, Orthopaedic Consultant, led the interactive day, which is set to become an annual event, with the support of Paul Mackenzie and Dr Charles Rayner. During the day they also covered topics including applying to medical school, what to expect and tips for interviews and life as a medical student. 

Chrissie said: “We want to give young people opportunities to look at our NHS careers. Although Voluntary Services has links with most schools around Guildford, we are encouraging students to get in touch and join the various programmes available.”

The Taste of Medicine Programme is not the only taster day on offer. Others include a focus on areas such as therapies, finance, administration, procurement, catering and many more.

Chrissie added: “Being the biggest employer in Guildford we want to encourage young students to come and join our Royal Surrey Family.”

If you would like to find out more about work experience or volunteering please contact Chrissie or Sarah Allen in the team by emailing

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