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SCORES of people were given a behind-the-scenes tour of Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The hospital in Cosham threw open its doors as part of its annual open day.

Visitors had the chance to tour radiotherapy, pathology, breast services as well as the simulation suite, hospital radio 
and the robotic surgical suite.

Graham Williams went to the open day with his wife Gillie.

They were given a tour of the hospital’s pathology department.

Mr Williams, 78, of Stubbington, said: ‘It was tremendous. I have never been on a hospital tour in my life before. It was incredible.’

The couple were shown the range of tests the pathology department conducts, from analysing tissue samples and examining bacteria, to helping identify tumours.

Mrs Williams – who survived colon cancer more than a decade ago, added: ‘It’s been extremely interesting to see what happens behind the scenes.’

Peter Mellor is director of corporate affairs at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA.

He said the event was a vital way of engaging with the community.

‘We’re proud of the 
services that we provide and it’s an opportunity for staff to showcase what they do.

‘But it’s more than that – it’s a way of giving people the confidence that their local hospital is providing first-class services that one day they, or members of their family, might have to use,’ he added.

The day showcased the work by hospital staff.