Plas­tered Woody is the star of open day

Southport Visiter - - Front Page -

HUN­DREDS of lo­cals attended a fas­ci­nat­ing open day at South­port Hos­pi­tal. De­spite the rain, fam­i­lies turned up on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8, to learn more about the hos­pi­tal’s ser­vices, chat to the teams, tour the the­atres and even try out ba­sic life­sav­ing skills.

Visi­tors had the chance to see how their ac­ci­dent and emer­gency depart­ment would man­age a ma­jor in­ci­dent, along with am­bu­lance crews, paramedics and fire fighters.

The clinic for ted­dies was very pop­u­lar with in­jured toys, with even Toy Story hero Woody need­ing a plas­ter.

Medics ex­plained how they use sim­u­la­tors to train doc­tors and people could even try their hand at can­nu­la­tion (on a dummy of course!).

The hos­pi­tal opened their new Garden of Re­flec­tion on the day, with Cen­tral Sefton MP Bill Ester­son cut­ting the rib­bon and all en­joyed a mov­ing per­for­mance from lo­cal women’s choir, Just Voices.

The garden has been cre­ated thanks to sup­port from the trust’s Or­gan and Tis­sue Dona­tion Group, the West Lan­cashire Freema­sons and Dob­bies Garden Cen­tre.

It will be used by pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and friends, visi­tors, car­ers and staff – any­one who wishes to find a quiet space.

The hos­pi­tal also wel­comed Mayor of Sefton Cllr Dave Robin­son and South­port MP Damien Moore.

They vis­ited the stands, chat­ting to staff and the pub­lic about the hos­pi­tal.

The hos­pi­tal’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing also took place.

And along­side all the fun a re­cruit­ment event was held, of­fer­ing job in­ter­views and – po­ten­tially – con­di­tional of­fers on the day. It at­tracted an im­pres­sive crowd.

Jobs to 25 health­care as­sis­tants and five reg­is­tered nurses.

The hos­pi­tal said that the event was so well attended and well re­ceived that it hopes to hold a sim­i­lar open day next year at Orm­skirk hos­pi­tal.

Woody stopped by to get some help in the plas­ter clinic, above;sur­geon My Fi­raz shows off a the­atre, left; A&E con­sul­tant Mike Ais­bitt shows sim­u­la­tor to bud­ding young medics, below

A demon­stra­tion of the work of as­sis­tance dogs, left; con­sul­tant May Ng, below, demon­strates life­sav­ing skills to her fam­ily

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