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Right Arrow Hundreds join in fun at hospital open day
05 July 2011 at 12:28
Hospital staff lifted the theatre curtain on their work at Southport and Formby District General Hospital’s open day on Saturday (July 2).

Around 500 visitors were treated to displays by staff from across Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Among the attractions were behind-the-scenes tours of the theatres, pharmacy and x-ray department, competitions, health promoting activities and dozens of stands explaining the work of Trust staff in hospital and the community.

Visitors to the theatres were shown inside a fully-equipped operating theatre, the history of anesthesia by staff in period dress, and orthopaedic implants used in hip and knee surgery.

Activities in the North West Spinal Injuries Centre gymnasium included face-painting, a pedal-powered smoothie-maker and a life-size game of operation.

Youngsters also brought their teddies to the fracture clinic for “broken” limbs to be set in plaster.

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE said: “Keeping people healthy and making them better when they’re poorly takes the dedication of nearly 3,000 Trust staff across north Sefton and West Lancashire.

“I was delighted so many people came to celebrate their work and find out more about what goes into making the amazing work they do possible.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Picture shows Grace Collins (left), Lauren Anderson, Bethany Preston and Declan Preston, all of Skelmersdale, with their cuddly toys’ limbs safely plastered at the hospital open day. Their granddad, Tom Connell, works in the Medical Records Department at Southport hospital.

2. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. Since 1 April 2011, it is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.