Newbury Park teenager enjoys work experience with surgeon who operated on him
13:37 14 October 2016
After he broke his wrist in an accident at school, 16-year-old Laurence Wilson asked the surgeon who operated on him for work experience.
The teenager, who is studying for his A-levels at Ilford County High School, in Fremantle Road, Barkingside, now hopes to become an ophthalmology surgeon, treating disorders of the eye.
Laurence, who lives on Perrymans Farm Road, in Newbury Park, said: “I came back the following summer, once I was fully healed, and it was so useful to see everything that goes on in a hospital.
“It made up my mind on the career I want and I feel really passionately about it.
“I know it can be difficult to get work experience with doctors, so I was really grateful to Mr Mathew and his team.”
He completed his work experience at Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford, this summer and got to observe and shadow Philip Mathew, the surgeon who operated on him at work.
Careers in medicine run in Laurence’s family as his mother is a pharmacist and his grandmother a GP.
Laurence, who is studying physics, biology, chemistry and maths, said: “It was really exciting to observe a surgery but I think I enjoyed the ward rounds the most as I got see what the doctors do day-to-day.
“They helped me to make sure I didn’t feel like I was intruding and really treated me like one of the team.”