Behind the scenes at QA

Community health day planned to educate residents

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DUMMIES simulating breathing problems, surgeons explaining their specialisms and information stands on healthcare were just come of the treats at a hospital open day.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, gave visitors a behind-the-scenes look.

Organised tours took place for different areas, including the simulation suite, where three dummies set up as patients were laid out for the public to have a go on.

Rachel Eskriett, 20, is a third year speech and language therapy student at the University of Portsmouth. She said: ‘I found the open day fascinating.

‘It showed me different areas that I could go into and different departments.’

Samantha Stanzl, 20, is a third year human physiology student, and said she enjoyed seeing different aspects of the hospital.

She said: ‘You think of hospitals as quite depressing places, but actually everyone is really relaxed.

‘I saw amazing sights.’

Representatives from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance were some of the other services giving out information.

Peter Mellor, director of corporate affairs and business development at QA, said: ‘This has been the busiest open day we’ve had so far.

‘We are funded by local people, so the public need to have the chance to see what we are doing.’