Open Day at Royal Hampshire County Hospital

Sat 18/06/16 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Speak to one of the hospital's medical experts and take a look behind the scenes at Winchester Hospital.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of an operating theatre, meet a wide range of medical experts, learn how to carry out emergency first aid and much more.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will throw open the doors to the hospital and 
former Southampton footballer Dan Harding, who now plays for Eastleigh FC, will officially open the event. There will be a wide range of attractions available across the hospital. Collect a map from the outpatients department, where there will also be a wide range of interactive displays available, and choose where you want to go next. You can take a tour of the old chapel, viewing old artefacts including a lamp used by Florence Nightingale or enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with the trust chaplain. You can watch a demonstration on how the decontamination tents and suits work or listen to the experts who will be giving talks on dementia and nutrition.

You can learn about operating theatres, taking a tour around areas rarely seen by the public, meet Pets as Therapy dogs, have your picture taken with a motorbike used to transport blood or learn the basics of emergency first aid.

The hospital's play specialists, who usually help and support young patients, are putting on
lots of children’s activities where they can learn about x-rays and the anatomy.

Elizabeth Padmore, chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It promises to be a fun-packed day, with activities to keep the whole family entertained. It’s a great chance for the public to get a look behind the scenes at their local hospital, speak to some of our medical experts and learn about the great work that goes on in the trust. I’m very much looking forward to it, and I would encourage people to come along and enjoy what should be a really good event.”

The event is free, with parking available at the hospital for those attending.