Playing doctor for a day

Playing doctor for a day

Having a career in medicine or life-saving can be tough - but, as our reporters found, it also comes with a dose of fun


Junior reporters wear the different uniforms of medical staff. From left: Kate Ng, Gigi Wong, Minnie Yip, Giselle Chan, Jessie Pang, Janet Tam, Janet Choi and Heidi Kwan.
Junior reporters wear the different uniforms of medical staff. From left: Kate Ng, Gigi Wong, Minnie Yip, Giselle Chan, Jessie Pang, Janet Tam, Janet Choi and Heidi Kwan.
Photos: John Kang/SCMP
Queen Elizabeth Hospital held a Career Fun Day on August 3 to mark its 50th anniversary. There were game booths which not only entertained guests, but also helped them learn about the health-care industry and what health-care workers do. Our junior reporters joined the activity ...

It's an emergency - "First Aid Simulation"

This was a virtual maze that you had to go through with the help of an electronic wand. As if the maze wasn't hard enough, there was also a time limit. This was supposed to trigger the emotions in a real-life situation where you have to give first aid - you'll need to make the right decisions quickly!

Gigi Wong Ying-chi

Just bin it - "Medical Waste"

There are six types of medical waste: used and tainted items; laboratory "rubbish"; dressings (like bandages); human and animal tissues; infectious materials; and "other waste".

Other waste includes the records of patients, which doctors keep secret. Some of the waste needs to be frozen. Other kinds, like the body parts of humans or animals, need to be burned, or else diseases would spread.

Kate Ng

A happy birthday - "MamaNatalie"

The most difficult and scariest part of childbirth is the pain. At the MamaNatalie booth, which is a birthing simulator, we learned different ways to lessen that pain.

Aromatherapy can help; oils like citrus or lavender can be rubbed all over a pregnant woman's body, and the smell will calm her nerves before and after childbirth.

For those who are allergic to essential oils, there's a device called TENS to help reduce the pain. Through two or more electrodes taped to the woman's back, small electrical pulses are sent to her body. These block or ease the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain.

Heidi Kwan and Giselle Chan Cheuk-ying

Tricky operation - "Minimally Invasive Surgery"

Minimally invasive surgery means operating on a patient by making small cuts to open up the body. If doctors are trying to look into a deeper part of the body, they insert an endoscope - a long tube with a camera at the tip that lets them see what's inside on a special screen.

To show how much hand-eye control is needed to do this, the booth asked participants to sort different coloured balls using a pair of surgeon's tongs. The tongs were smaller than normal because they must fit into the small cuts made by surgeons to reach infected organs or tissues.

Janet Choi Ho-ching, Jessie Pang and Minnie Yip

No needling about - "Bloody Mary"

Minnie (right, in yellow) and Kate (behind, in white) try drawing blood from fake arms, in a booth supervised by a staff member

I was chosen to participate in the "Bloody Mary" final challenge, where participants must take a blood sample from a fake arm as quickly as they can using a syringe. It was quite hard to find the correct vein so it took me 90 seconds to finally collect the blood sample. Trained medical staff can do it in 30 seconds!

Janet Tam Ka-wing

Young Post organises regular activities for our junior reporters. If you wish to join, send your name, age, school and contact details to with "jun rep application" in the subject field

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