Hospital Work Experience #2 – Day 5

It came far too quickly, but today was my final day of hospital work experience L. I spent the morning in Orthodontics department. Orthodontics is the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularities and/or disproportionate jaw relationships. People have orthodontic treatment for three main reasons: To improve the appearance of their teeth and face, to improve the health of their teeth and gums or to make it easier to eat.

So I saw braces being put on, removed and being adjusted (tightened, replaced brackets or bands…) and I also saw moulds being made of the mouth. Moulds are made and photos are taken at the beginning and end of treatment to get a proper view of the teeth and jaw position and to show the improvement after treatment. There are different types of braces but the most common type is the fixed brace (train tracks). These are made up of metal brackets which are glued to your teeth (and the glue is light sensitive, the orthodontist uses a strong light to set it) and a metal wire which links up the brackets. The wire comes in different thicknesses and usually they get progressively thicker as the treatment goes on.

I then went on to the Private wing of the hospital.

This ward was very different to the others I’d been on because instead of having a few bays with many beds in and a few private side rooms, there were just private rooms which had their own toilet and shower. The rooms all have a flat screen tv with Freeview and they have unlimited visiting (so there aren’t set visiting times). Patients can receive treatment almost immediately and on a date to suit them instead of waiting on a list for a slot. It was also a lot quieter and calmer than the other wards. I shadowed a HCA and helped with handing out drinks (which was great because I got to talk to the patients), with checking the Resuscitation Trolley (which contained the defibrillator and lots of other equipment. Every draw had to be checked to make sure it was all there and in date) and taking patient obs.

Well, this is the end of my week in the hospital L. Sorry I’ve been so brief but I’ve got to pack as I’m about to go on holiday!!!!! Stay positive and good luck everyone for results next week; I’m sure you’ve all done amazingly and you will study medicine!!!

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