Daily Archives: December 22, 2013

La Ristrettos at Novena Medical Centre

After Anya was done with Doctor for a Day, we popped over to Novena Medical Centre across the road and had brunch at La Ristrettos. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the place, mainly because it’s in such a unexpected location. The service could have been better and the drinks took a relatively long time to come, but it’s a nice, quiet place to hang out.

The coffee and food was very decent too. I was pleasantly surprised by the chocolate ice-cream in my iced mocha. I ordered Tostino E Arrosto in a blur and didn’t realise it came with roast chicken breast (which I don’t like at all!) but the chicken was very tender and flavourful so it was okay.

very Christmassy

very Christmassy

teeny place

teeny place

glass jars

glass jars

loves her new stethoscope

loves her new stethoscope

iced mocha and latte

iced mocha and latte

sour dough with spinach, roast chicken breast and poached egg

sour dough with spinach, roast chicken breast and poached egg

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Doctor for a Day at Mt Elizabeth Novena

Anya was Doctor for a Day last Saturday at Mt Elizabeth Novena! All proceeds for the event went towards a Christmas party for the underprivileged. They ran this programme quite a few times this year and the slots get snapped up incredibly quickly so I was really happy to get a slot for her for the last run of the year.

I loved the child-sized pink scrubs they had for the kids and the name tags. I think the little details like these are what make the experience extra special for the kids. They started at a briefing room where they sanitised their hands in 7 steps. Then it was off to learn about what general practitioners (GP) do.

Doctor for a Day

Doctor for a Day

being briefed

being briefed

cleaning hands

cleaning hands

listening through a stethoscope

listening through a stethoscope

watching how blood pressure gets taken

watching how blood pressure gets taken

The next stop was the A&E where the kids put plasters and bandages on themselves before heading to the nursery. The kids went EWW! when they had to change ‘dirty’ diapers for the babies and feed them.

The operating theatre was Anya’s favourite station. They sanitised their hands again, put on gloves and surgical masks, and then operated on Mr Puff, a ‘man’ whose lungs were in a terrible condition because of all the smoking he did.

at the A&E room

at the A&E room

learning to change diapers in the nursery

learning to change diapers in the nursery

feeding babies

feeding babies

putting on gloves in the operating theatre

putting on gloves in the operating theatre

and a mask

and a mask

trying out the surgical instruments

trying out the surgical instruments

trying to resuscitate Mr Puff

trying to resuscitate Mr Puff

Finally, it was time for their graduation! The group had a photo taken and the photo was printed on the spot for us to keep. Such a nice touch! Anya was really pleased to get a certificate, a hospital journal and a pink stethoscope.

graduation

graduation

received her certificate

received her certificate

On the whole, the programme was really fun and I think she enjoyed herself. Read about her experience as a Dentist for a Day here. Those who are interested in the Doctor for a Day programme should ‘like’ the Mount Elizabeth Novena Facebook page to be updated on their next run.