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The dialysis unit of Watford General Hospital was my designated placement for the one-week course.

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Introduction

Work Experience 2003 Darren Coombs The dialysis unit of Watford General Hospital was my designated placement for the one-week course. A dialysis unit is mainly for people who have had kidney in the past and therefore their kidneys no longer do their prime function, which is filter, the blood. A typical patient has to receive dialysis treatment for four hours a day, three times a week. There are two types of ways that the dialysis treatment is administered either, through a neckline connection which is located just beneath the neck or on the underside of the lower arm. Many younger patients prefer to have the treatment in their arm as this way the tube connecting them comes out every time they have finished the treatment. Whereas the neckline patients have a permanently fixed tube attached to their chest, which prevents them from doing such activities as swimming. The age range for this treatment varies between 28 - 80 +, the treatment is usually lifelong and very frustrating. The only other option to dialysis treatment is a transplant but a kidney has to be donated from a blood relative. ...read more.

Middle

The first morning I didn't give the best first impression of myself, I was smartly dressed, my hair was newly braided and I felt on top of the world. I purposely made sure I had breakfast to keep me going, so why the next thing happened I will never know. My supervisor Mr Simmonds was giving my co-worker and I the guided tour of the ground floor ward and talking us though the safety precautions. We then got to check the medical bag, which was, completed daily, all of a sudden I began feeling very dizzy and my vision started to blur. In the past when I began to feel like this it was simply just because I hadn't eaten in the morning but I knew that this must be different because I had eaten. I leaned against the nearest wall and opened my eyes as far as possible to try and focus my vision, however my eyes were continually drawn to the chair, which was literally a metre away. But I kept telling myself that I was fine and this feeling would pass, but as my supervisor continued talking I was then struggling to stay on my feet. ...read more.

Conclusion

As the week went on I learnt more and more but found myself becoming increasingly frustrated at the simple fact that I wasn't being asked to get involved in many practical activities. Which made each day drag on longer and longer, at one point I actually wanted to back in school! On my final day I had an interview with my supervisor just I had done on my preliminary interview. He told me that I had performed extremely well all week and was a very well presented young lad who was an asset to St Clement Danes. He then followed this by asking me I thought there was anything that could be improved so that the next student who came on work experience could benefit. I was going to tell him that I was bored for most of the time but he had just complemented me so well I didn't want to offend him so I just said it was a very enjoyable experience. Overall the week was definitely worth it because I realised that working in a hospital was something that I didn't want to take up as a profession. I may not have participated much in practical events but I still learnt a lot just by being in an everyday working situation. ...read more.

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