Biology students at an Ammanford school have been given their first taste of surgical experience.

Operating Theatre Live brought real surgical dissection to Ysgol Dyffryn Aman during their visit last month.

The event entitled Develop a Doctor was aimed to stretch and challenge 60 of the most gifted GCSE and A-level biology students.

On arrival, students were kitted out with scrubs, caps and masks and the obligatory stethoscope.

Pupils then looked through mock patients’ files whilst being the importance of people skills in the field of medicine, and how the government are looking to push recruitment into the field of medicine.

The UK is planning to open five new medical schools over the next three years in a bid to supply under-doctored areas, increase training places and keep up with the needs of an ageing population.

Operating Theatre Live previously featured on BBC2 programme Dragons Den in August 2018 where it won the attention of the dragons Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones and received a £90,000 backing.

The event allows students to practice their surgery skills and included guided dissections by trained clinicians of the brain, eye and spinal cord.

Ammanford pupils were challenged throughout the day, gaining in-depth anatomical knowledge whilst having the opportunity to get hands on.

One pupil said: “Actually having the organs in front of you and dissecting them gives a much wider view on anatomy and Biology as a whole.

“It really conveys the complexity of the human body, although it was a pig.”

Another added: “I found operating theatre live very eye opening, interesting and useful for my Biology exams now that I have been able to see everything in real life”

The pupils impressed the staff of Operating Theatre Live, who said: “It was an absolute pleasure to deliver the event to such attentive and enthusiastic students and we thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

Mr Finney, Head of Biology, added: “The students responded amazingly to the tasks throughout the programme.

“Although our students typically find the fun in learning they particularly enjoyed the day.

“As for inspiring the Dr’s of the future tomorrow will tell.

“I feel confident that the experience would have given them an insight into working in the health care industry and promoted thinking about a possible career in medicine.”