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Rangiora High School students enjoyed watching a mock operation aboard the new mobile surgical bus at today’s open day at Rangiora Health Hub, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

The students joined the community in being the first to explore the new surgical facility. Doocey said the opportunity to view a mobile operating theatre, and the technology that went with it, proved a winner with the students.

“Not only was this a great opportunity to demonstrate the new surgical facilities for Waimak but also to potentially plant the seeds for a health-care career in our young people. With a growing and ageing population, we need to ensure we have a health-care workforce in years to come, so interactive events like today's are not only a great way to showcase this new facility but to get young people hands-on in what could be a rewarding career for them.

“I went into healthcare to make a difference in my community and I would encourage them to as well,” Doocey said.

The mock knee operation included key-hole surgery that displayed live footage on a television screen above the operating table.

In his speech, Doocey said it was always important for rural communities to have access to public services such as education and healthcare. “The mobile surgical bus is a way of ensuring we have first-class healthcare on our doorsteps.”

Doocey acknowledged the great work of Rangiora Health Hub manager Suzanne Salton and her team who would provide recovery services to those receiving surgery on the bus.

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