4th September 2014 – Endoscopy and theatres open day

Posted on September 8, 2014 by AireAdmin

Come and explore Airedale Hospital’s brand new endoscopy unit and find out what it is like to work in our operating theatres at a family open event on Saturday 18 October, between 11.00am and 4.00pm.

There will be fun for all ages – children can get dressed up in gowns and masks and get hands-on with endoscopy equipment, learning how to look into the stomach, bowel, lungs and bladder.

There will be doctors and nurses on hand to speak to about careers in endoscopy as well as stands from the bowel cancer screening programmes, the Crohn’s and Colitis society, diabetes and the infection control team demonstrating hand hygiene with a magic box that highlights areas you have missed when washing your hands. The open day was previously planned for Saturday 13 September, but this has been changed due to theatre list commitments.

Julie Blackburn, sister on the endoscopy unit at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said “We are really looking forward to this year’s open day, in previous years it has been a great day out for families and we have received great feedback.

“There will be all sorts of activities available for children to get involved in, including using tube cameras to look into a mannequins stomach, face painting, a chance to meet the Keighley Cougars Mascot and a children’s tombola. And for those just looking for further information on health and wellbeing there will be people available to speak to and answer questions people may have.”

Also available to visit on the day is Airedale Hospital’s theatres department, where you can follow the patient’s journey from anaesthesia into the operating theatre, try out the equipment used for keyhole surgery and get careers advice from staff in the department.