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Royal London dental surgeons ‘open wide’ for clinical careers advice and family fun day

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 15 September 2017

Satrurday's jobs fair is part of Royal London Hospital's planned family fun day. Picture: Ralph Hodgson

Satrurday's jobs fair is part of Royal London Hospital's planned family fun day. Picture: Ralph Hodgson

Ralph Hodgson

Surgeons at the Royal London’s dental hospital throw open the doors tomorrow to meet anyone looking for an apprenticeship or a job.

A Saturday Teddy bear health clinic is being held at Royal London Hospital like this one last year. Picture: Ralph HodgsonA Saturday Teddy bear health clinic is being held at Royal London Hospital like this one last year. Picture: Ralph Hodgson

The hospital in Whitechapel is staging a Saturday ‘open day’ for the public to meet the surgical team who make medical history using virtual reality technology.

But Barts NHS Health Trust is also inviting anyone looking for work in the health service to turn up with their CVs to discuss career opportunities at their recruitment fair.

The trust offers clinical apprenticeships including operating theatre assistants to get qualifications as well as vacancies in nursing, therapy and administration.

The jobs fair is part of a free family day from 11.30am to 3.30pm at the dental hospital in Turner Street, off Whitechapel Road, with clinical staff on hand from the trust’s five hospitals including the Royal London and the Mile End.

Royal London’s director Jackie Sullivan said: “We want the public to join us for a family day and get tips on health and living healthier.”

Stalls are being set up on health care with topics including kidney treatment, dental advice on preventing tooth decay and the risks of nut allergies. There is advice for quitting smoking or how to eat healthier and an opportunity to register for volunteering with the health trust.

Other activities include therapy massages, face painting, a giant game of Operation, henna art and hair braiding.

Emergency teams from the Met Police and London Fire Brigade are also on site with vehicles for children to get up close to.

But best of all for toddlers is a ‘teddy bear clinic’ so they can bring their “best friend” along to make sure they are “fit and healthy”.

Open day activities are free, funded by Barts Charity, including looking round the historic London Hospital museum.

The museum holds memorabilia of Nurse Edith Cavell who trained at the hospital and was later executed by the Germans in Occupied Belgium in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers escape.

It is also where ‘Elephant man’ Joseph Merrick’s face mask and his sketches are kept. Merrick died at the London Hospital in 1890 from what was later thought to be rare Proteus syndrome. He had been allowed to live out his life there after his career in a freak show left him stranded and destitute.

The museum also contains letters written by surgeons helping Scotland Yard with the 1888 Whitechapel Murders of Jack the Ripper.

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