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Thousands flock to hospital open day

25 October

Over 3,000 visitors stepped through the Royal Bournemouth Hospital doors on Saturday at its annual Open Day, three times more than the previous year.

The popular event had something for everyone with CPR demonstrations, a teddy bear clinic and a range of health checks which tested blood pressure, sight and balance. Hospital departments and partner organisations like Dorset Police and the Fire Service attended giving information and advice in a fun and friendly way. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance also stopped by and hundreds took time out to have a look inside and talk to the pilot.

Open Day

A new link up with the Arts University, Bournemouth (AUB) proved to be a huge success. AUB students designed artworks for a competition that were dispersed in the six coloured zones around the hospital for children to find. Once all six were found and stickers collected they were entered into a competition to win a game of Operation.

Theatres, Pharmacy and X-Ray offered tours while the Physiotherapy Department showed the different equipment that is used to help with rehabilitation. Plans for the future of the hospital were also on display.

Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive, said: “The Open Day gave a real insight into the services offered by the Trust and the teams put a lot of effort in to make the day a success.

“The huge number of people attending shows how much interest there is in the hospital and it was great to see a big increase in the number of families that came. The children were really captivated by all the hands on activities – who knows, some of them may be our clinicians of the future.”

The free event is expected to return next year.

Open Day

Open Day

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