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Student nurses set for passage to India

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Two intrepid trainee nurses will be travelling to India to experience life in its healthcare system.

Second-year students, Claire Longworth, 29, and Beverly Smith, 26, from Warrington, will be completing a two-week “Diversity of Care” placement as part of their degree programme.

Beverley, who is studying for a BSc in Child Nursing, said: “We decided to do our placement in India because the culture is so different. Healthcare workers practice a lot of holistic care, which is very different from the practices we use in this country; it is very much focussed on preventative measures.

“It will be very interesting to get a first-hand experience of the healthcare system and see how it differs to that in the UK.”

The pair will be working in a government-run hospital in Trivandrum, which treats both adults and children. They will be caring for a wide range of patients, from those who need acute clinical care to those with minor conditions.

“We could be seeing up to 90 patients a day; we want to take the skills we have learned to the hospital and also learn form healthcare professionals there”, Claire added.

“We are looking forward to gaining a better knowledge of the culture. We both have a real interest in global health and after we graduate, we would love to do voluntary healthcare placements across the world.”

The globetrotting pair will be flying out in late January, but first hope to collect enough funds for their trip. They have organised a whole host of fundraising events, including an auction and raffle and a pyjama party at the Chester Students’ Union bar.

Claire, who is studying for a BSc in Adult Nursing, added: “We are very grateful to our tutors, who have been really supportive and have given us lots of guidance.”

Anyone who would like further information about sponsoring Claire and Beverly can email

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  • I think its Medical college hospital/ SAT (sree avittom thirunal), which is one of the largest teaching hospitals in india. The college of nursing trivandrum, which is attached to these hospitals is one of the pioneering nursing institute in India. Am sure you will get what you looking for/ more. Good luck and all the very best.

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