21st August 2015 – Crowds flock to enjoy summer fun at Airedale Hospital
From Bollywood dancing to bike race challenges and realistic wound ‘movie make up’ to treating a life-like medical mannequin – these were just some of the attractions at Airedale Hospital’s open day yesterday (20 August).
More than 800 people of all ages turned out to the event staged in a marquee in the education centre at the hospital.
Other highlights of the day were the pets as therapy (PAT) dogs, a chance to make smoothies with pedal power, guidance from the St John’s Ambulance team, ‘Sing from your Heart’ choir, and fitness taster sessions.
There was also a chance to get your blood pressure and height and weight checked; learn what happens in laboratories and get health advice on a range of conditions including spotting the signs of breast cancer and caring for people with dementia.
Free fruit was available for all visitors to help promote healthy eating thanks to generous donations from local producers and supermarkets including Keelham Farm, in Skipton; Booths; Asda; Morrisons; Aldi; Sainsbury’s; Lidl; Tescos and the Co-op.
Bridget Fletcher, chief executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that so many people have supported the hospital and come along to our open day event again this year. It is a great opportunity to showcase the work we do and for people to find out about care we provide for our local community.
“We were lucky to have lovely weather so families could make the most of the activities outside in the sunshine, such as, trying their hand at being a surgeon with our saw bones game.
“Everyone has worked really hard to make sure that the event was fun, interactive and interesting and I would like to thank them for all for making the day such a great success.”