20th October 2015 – Families flock to meet the people behind the masks
A chance to find out how to mend broken bones and learn the best way to wash your hands were just a few of the attractions at the theatre’s open day at Airedale Hospital on Saturday 17 October.
More than 750 people of all ages turned out to the event staged in the operating theatres at the hospital to meet the people behind the masks.
Other highlights included finding out how the body works using Sydney the skeleton, seeing how hips and knees are replaced; practising how to remove kidney stones, finding out how staff look after you during surgery and what helps people to breathe during operations.
There was also information about breast surgery and reconstruction and advice about preventing tooth decay and the best way to brush your teeth. Children also had fun in the plaster cast corner, decorated the corridors with their hand prints, tried their hand as a surgeon in our saw bones games and dresses up as a surgeon for the day.
Joanne Boyle, theatres clinical manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted that so many people came along to our event and that there was so much interest in what is going on in our operating theatres and surgical services.
“Colleagues were on hand to answer any questions and re-assure people who were apprehensive about coming in for operations as well as talking to people who may be considering a career in the NHS.
“We would like to thank everyone involved not just on the day but also those who helped in the run up to the event over the last few weeks and months – all the theatres’ team worked hard to make the event a real success.”