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2008-09-26 18:00:59

A NEW wing of a pounds 51m hospital was unveiled by the Duchess of Northumberland. She was given the chance to use the latest keyhole surgery technology - placing polo mints on a stick - inside Hexham General Hospital's new training centre, which includes a "mock-body" where training nurses can perform laparoscopic surgery using cameras and surgical instruments. She said: "I think I passed with flying colours. I thought it would actually be on a real patient, but I'm so squeamish about...

2008-09-25 17:46:48

THE Duchess of Northumberland yesterday unveiled the new wing of a pounds 51m hospital development and turned her hand to keyhole surgery. But she was not performing a life-saving operation - instead carefully placing Polo mints on a stick. The Duchess was given the chance to use the latest technology inside Hexham General Hospital's new training centre, which includes a "mock-body" where training nurses can perform laparosco pic surgery using cameras and tiny surgical instruments....


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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