A TALENTED young scientist from South Korea has given the Countess of Chester Hospital her glowing approval after completing work experience there.
Ellen Kim, 18, from Seoul, who wants to be a doctor, beat off worldwide competition to win a sixth form science scholarship at Ruthin School, North Wales.
The youngster, living with a guardian family in Littleton, Chester, set herself two targets to help her bid to study medicine in the UK.
After starting in the lower sixth last September, Ellen wanted some hands-on experience to support future applications to medical school.
She joined the St John Ambulance to learn first aid skills then obtained a work experience place at the Countess.
Ellen said: ‘The health care system in the UK is much more caring.
‘In Korea there is more formality and distance between the patients and the hospital staff.
‘There is no NHS in South Korea and many of the hospitals are big university hospitals.’
Ellen cut short a summer holiday in Seoul early so she could join staff at the Countess to learn the differences between English and Korean health care.
She is currently taking A-levels at Ruthin and has already gained an A in maths, losing only 13 marks from a possible 600.
She added: ‘I joined a doctor on his round in radiology. In his free time, he explained how you take X-rays and showed me how different injuries and conditions show up.
‘On the ward for the elderly, I met patients who had conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
‘Then I went to the medical assessment unit, which was more hands-on. I was able to help measuring temperatures and carry out observations. I learned loads.’