Hos­pi­tal open day’s a breath of fresh air

Visi­tors at­tend heart and lung re­search open

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HARE­FIELD Hos­pi­tal opened its doors to scores of visi­tors who could step into 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.

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 hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place.

“They were fas­ci­nated by the ar­ti­fi­cially-breath­ing lungs and en­joyed find­ing out about ad­vances in heart and lung trans­plant 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.”

The re­search open day took place from 11.30am un­til 2.30pm on Wed­nes­day, June 17.

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