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