Hospital day gets to heart of the matter
Students among those attending pop-up theatre
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.”