WOULD-BE medical students in Huddersfield got the chance to scrub up and go behind the scenes of an operating theatre.

People interested in studying for a diploma of higher education in operating department practice at Huddersfield University were invited to sample the profession with a visit to St James's Hospital, Leeds.

The open event at the hospital - part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, the UK's largest NHS Trust - allowed students to tour a mock-up theatre and anaesthetic room.

There was also a demonstration of equipment and surgical instruments.

University staff were there to discuss details of the course.

It will see students spend 12 weeks at university and 26 weeks on hospital placements.

Terri Saunderson, matron for theatres at the Trust, said: "This was a great opportunity for anyone interested in a career in theatres to visit a working theatre and get a taste of what it is like to work at the forefront of surgical and anaesthetic practice and recovery."

For further information about the operating theatre training course phone Huddersfield University on 0870 120 2295.