Hos­pi­tal day gets to heart of the mat­ter

Stu­dents among those at­tend­ing pop-up theatre

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HARE­FIELD Hos­pi­tal gave 100 visi­tors the chance to step in to a sur­geon’s shoes.

Mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, pa­tients, and pupils from Bishop Ram­sey school and Hare­field Academy went along to the Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field NHS Foun­da­tion Trust’s fifth an­nual heart and lung re­search open day on June 17.

Visi­tors got to see how surgery is per­formed with a pop-up op­er­at­ing theatre and met lead­ing med­i­cal ex­perts at Hare­field Hos­pi­tal as part of a pro­gramme of cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions.

Ju­lia Cof­fey, public in­volve­ment co-or­di­na­tor for heart re­search at the Trust, said: “This year’s re­search open day was a great suc­cess. It was great to see how en­gaged visi­tors were with all the demon­stra­tions and hand­son ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place. They were fas­ci­nated by the ar­ti­fi­cially-breath­ing lungs and en­joyed find­ing out about ad­vances in heart and lung trans­plants in our pop-up surgery.”

The day in­cluded a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, stands and round-ta­ble dis­cus­sions as well as demon­stra­tions.

Ms Cof­fey added: “It is hugely valu­able for us to hear feed­back from the public about our heart and lung re­search and helps us to make it even bet­ter.”

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