13th September 2013 – Come and meet the people behind the masks

Posted on September 16, 2013 by AireAdmin

Learn how to mend bones or try your hand at being a surgeon using state-of-the-art equipment during a theatre’s open day at Airedale Hospital.

There will be fun for all the family on Saturday 21 September, between 11am – 3pm, including a chance for children to meet Sydney the skeleton and dress up in gowns and masks which they can then take home.

You can find out about:

  • hip and knee replacements, eye and cataract surgery
  • what’s inside a bladder and stomach and how to do keyhole surgery
  • anaesthetics and look after a patients’ airway using a mannequin
  • how to keep people breathing whilst they are asleep
  • cataract surgery and take a dummy eyeball apart
  • how the hospital helps people make a speedier recovery
  • the best way to wash your hands, with a magic box that highlights areas you have missed
  • women’s and men’s health issues
  • careers opportunities

There will also be a host of displays, specialist nurses for health advice on issues, a treasure hunt, refreshments available and free parking in the outpatients car park.

Bridget Fletcher, chief executive at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is a really interactive, hands-on event and children love it.

“There will be a chance to look behind-the-scenes at our procedure rooms and look at how we perform operations by using surgical and camera equipment. Everyone is welcome, just turn up on the day.

“It’s also a good opportunity for people to ask staff questions. We hope it will help to de-mystify some of the hospital procedures and reassure people who are apprehensive about coming in for operations.”