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Yorkshire Dales Hospital to open its doors

[Wednesday 06 September 2006]

IF you are a fan of hospital dramas like Casualty or Holby City then this is the event for you!

Airedale Hospital near Keighley serves much of the southern Yorkshire Dales and will be opening its doors next week and inviting people to take a real 'behind the scenes' look at their local hospital.

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Visitors to last years open day

One of the attractions will be the opportunity to try plastering with the Accident and Emergency staff and see frontline A&E staff in action.

The Fell Rescue team and Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also be bringing their vehicles along - Paramedics will be in their new yellow Sprinter ambulance to let people see inside and check out the state of the art equipment.

Other attractions at the event on 12th September include the opportunity to show your skills and have a go at surgery with real instruments; try out a real ultrasound scan; take a health check, pick up a recipe guide and try a fruit smoothie; take a tour of the kitchens, physiotherapy unit, Labour Suite or the hospital laundry.

There will be demonstrations of an intensive care bed and equipment, advice on diabetes and hearing screening, and the chance to have a free health check and get advice on careers in the NHS.

The Trust decided to do away with the formal style of its annual general meeting and instead have an open evening to give the public the opportunity to come into the hospital, find out what goes on behind the scenes and to meet staff whilst having fun.

We have a whole range of people who come along, including children and everyone seems to enjoy it, particularly when they can get the chance to try out real equipment

Fiona Page - Communications Manager

The Trust says there will be something for everyone, activities for children, the chance to win a DVD player, a tombola for the Children's Unit Appeal, and expert staff on hand to give advice on keeping you healthy.

Fiona Page, Communications Manager says: "This event is now in its fourth year and has been getting more popular every year. We have a whole range of people who come along, including children and everyone seems to enjoy it, particularly when they can get the chance to try out real equipment.

"If everyone who comes learns a little bit about what we do then we have achieved what we set out to do - so please come along."

The event will be held in the restaurant at Airedale General Hospital from 4pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 12th September.

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