Brain Surgery at The Walton Centre

(August 28, 2012)

Steve Front Line NHS

Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotherma is encourgaing people from across Liverpool to attend The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in a fortnight's time, to see for themselves exactly what it takes to be a brain surgeon.

Demonstrations of brain surgery using watermelons will be part of an open afternoon organised by The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

The session for young aspiring brain surgeons is one of many activities at the event, from 1pm on Saturday 8 September.

Plans for the neuroscience trust’s expansion; demonstrations and displays by different professionals working in the neuroscience trust; and children’s entertainment are also on offer.

School groups are invited to attend presentations by HR professionals and doctors – which include a demonstration of brain surgery, using melons.

Clinical Director of Neurosurgery Paul May said: “Neurosurgery is a highly skilled occupation which some may think is beyond their reach as a possible profession.

But I want to show young people that it is not as mysterious or unattainable as they might think – and perhaps they should aim to join the next generation of neurosurgeons.”

Other career paths will also be highlighted – in nursing, therapy, diagnostics, neuropsychology, different admin teams and many different specialist roles.

A choir, clown and balloon artist will keep children entertained while older visitors will enjoy finding out more about what happens in the specialist Trust.

Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear said: “I believe visitors will be fascinated to discover what goes on in our hospital; there will be demonstrations by staff from a range of departments – including wards, theatres, radiology, pain medicine, neuropsychology and neurophysiology.

“We will also present our plans to expand the hospital; it is an exciting time for The Walton Centre and we want to demonstrate this to patients, families and the local community.”

To find out more about the open afternoon or to book places for a school group, call the Communications Department on 0151 529 4374..

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