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Students learn about healthy lungs

Friday, 11 July, 2014
Students learn about healthy lungs
Specialists from a Northumberland hospital last week gave students from an Amble school a lesson in healthy lungs.
Clinicians from the lung function department at Wansbeck General Hospital demonstrated a test to students from James Calvert Spence College as part of their studies for the BTEC level 3 Applied Science Subsidiary diploma.
The lung function department carries out tests to check whether a patient’s lungs are operating correctly and detects abnormalities associated with respiratory disorders.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust runs lung function departments at Wansbeck and North Tyneside general hospitals. Services are also provided at Hexham General Hospital, Berwick Infirmary and at Sir GB Hunter Memorial Hospital in Wallsend.
Annemarie Marks, senior clinical respiratory physiologist at the Trust, demonstrated spirometry tests to the students.
She said: “We are committed to engaging with members of the community and we were pleased to take the opportunity to welcome the students to the hospital and show them one of the tests we use.
“The tests help to determine whether a patient has a respiratory abnormality by measuring the volume of the lungs and how open the airways are.
“Once an abnormality is detected the test enables us to measure the extent of the disease and the effects of treatment.
“Detecting abnormalities early enables us to start treatment which can benefit patients.”
As part of their course, the students are completing a unit in physiological of human body systems which investigates some of the organ systems of the human body and how they work together.
Biology advisor Jackie Reeves said: “We are delighted that Wansbeck hospital were able to assist us.
“The course recommends students see a spirometry test take place and the experience has been invaluable to the students – they learn so much more from seeing something in action than from a textbook.
“We are very grateful for the clinicians’ time.”