Plastered Woody is the star of open day
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