HUNDREDS of people turned out to get a rare look behind the scenes at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital during a special open day.
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust threw open the doors to the hospital, in Aldermaston Road, on Saturday 30 September, giving around 800 visitors the opportunity to visit a wide range of interactive displays and meet expert staff.
Visitors got the chance to try out surgical equipment in actual operating theatres and find out how effective they are at giving CPR, while injured teddy bears and dolls were patched up in the plaster room.
There was also the opportunity to look around the radiology department and find out about some of the amazing machines experts use to examine patients, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with one of the Trust chaplains and find out about careers within the Trust at a jobs fair.
The event was officially opened by Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke, The Worshipful the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Paul Frankum, and Liz Padmore, chairman of Hampshire Hospitals, which runs Basingstoke hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital.
Liz Padmore said:
There was a real buzz around the hospital and plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. Everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes, speak to some of our experts and learn about the great work that goes on in the Trust.
The passion of our staff for all they do really shone through and I’m extremely grateful to all of the staff who gave up their own time to make the open day possible. It was a fantastic day and I’d like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event.