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Aspiring Medic Varun launches 'Art for Health' initiative

Year 13 student Varun Vijay Kumar is the brainchild behind a unique initiative combining his passion for both Art and the Sciences, with his desire to address patient well-being in a medical environment.

The aspiring medic has launched a series of exhibitions of artwork (featuring work from QEGS students from Y11 and A-Level) in the waiting rooms of Health Centres, with the aim to relax patients who may suffer anxiety in a medical environment.

Varun has already got valuable medical experience under this belt, having volunteered at Meadow Lodge Care Home in Kellington, which helps patients suffering with Dementia, and at the Askern Medical Practice (Doncaster). It was the team at Askern who kindly funded Varun’s training to become a Health Care Assistant.

For the last 18 months Varun has been employed by the NHS at the centre in Askern, working a few hours a month at weekends undertaking various Health Care Assistant roles including taking bloods and measuring blood pressure. A fantastic grounding as he strives towards a medical career.

This work experience also exposed Varun first hand to the anxiety that some patients feel when attending the practice for routine medical procedures and consultations, leading him to pursue his idea of using art to aid relaxation as part of a complimentary medicine approach.

His first exhibition took place at the end of last year, and now having contacted a number of Health Centres in Yorkshire and the North, Varun has a number of exhibitions lined up in the coming months in locations including Bury, Mexborough and Knottingley.

On Friday, the ‘Art for Health’ exhibition was on show at the opening of the new Medi Centre (formerly the Eric Moore Health Centre) in Warrington, opened by David Mowat the local MP for Warrington and Minister for Health. Its new ‘world class’ facilities include a theatre suite with the ability to complete X-rays and ultrasound scans as well as an MRI screening unit.

There was a huge turnout of patients who were amazed at the quality of artwork, and were fascinated by the ‘Art for Health’ patient well-being initiative to create a more uplifting environment.

A truly fantastic initiative by Varun. If any medical practice across West Yorkshire would be interested in featuring the 'Art for Health' exhibition, please do make contact with Varun via the School Office.