Paediatrics in New Zealand
I am Abi, a final year student, especially interested in
I spent 7 weeks of the summer (2015) at the Wellington Hospital in New Zealand.
I emailed some family friends who lived in Wellington to
help sort things out, as they knew a few people at the hospital.
I spent the majority of my elective getting involved in the
clinical side of things: joining in with ward rounds,
helping out with jobs, and going to clinics. The most
interesting thing I saw was probably a kid with
tummy pain who turned out to have acute rheumatic
fever, with severe AV/MV involvement.
New Zealand is incredible - it is my favourite place I have
ever visited! Travelling around NZ was the most amazing
experience - I got to go skiing, skydiving, bungee jumping,
whale watching and loads more. The hospitals aren't too
different to UK hospitals, so it wasn't too much of a
culture shock. And New Zealand people are really really
friendly and lovely.