Finding out what goes on

Tess Compton-Price, respiratory and physiology manager with a member of the public

Tess Compton-Price, respiratory and physiology manager with a member of the public

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HUNDREDS of people took a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Visitors were able to have a closer look at different services and departments at the hospital in Cosham.

Keith Malcolm, clinical nurse practitioner for the Eye Department (in blue) with Michelle Butcher, health care support worker for the Eye Department (in pink) with a member of the public demonstrating eye testing equipment

Keith Malcolm, clinical nurse practitioner for the Eye Department (in blue) with Michelle Butcher, health care support worker for the Eye Department (in pink) with a member of the public demonstrating eye testing equipment

People delved into departments including cardiology, pathology, the eye department and day surgery.

A range of information stands and activities were on show throughout the event.

Taking a look were Luke McLeod and Daniel Hicks, who spent the day looking at the different departments as they hope to have careers in medicine.

Luke, of Gordon Road, Gosport, said: ‘I wanted to get an insight into what the hospital is like.

‘It was great that the hospital had opened its doors to the public like that.’

Dad Steve Searle, from Gosport, went to the open day with his son, Ben.

Steve said: ‘Having had surgery myself, it’s great to get to be able to see a different perspective of a hospital. The staff, who gave extra time to this event, were excellent.

‘They were informative and explained things in a way that everyone understood.’

This was the third open day held at the hospital.

It was organised by the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the Council of Governors, and more than 300 people attended.

Company secretary Peter Mellor said: ‘The open day was a fantastic success.

‘It’s a great opportunity to show people some of the hard work that goes on within the trust and we are most grateful to everybody, especially our staff, for the giving of their time and providing such a super day.

‘The displays and stands have been better than ever, the quality was very impressive and we are very grateful for the effort that people have put in.’

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