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PRECISION Trying out a laparoscopic training box during last year's open day at Queen Alexandra Hospital
PRECISION Trying out a laparoscopic training box during last year's open day at Queen Alexandra Hospital
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WOULD you like to have an insight into hospital life and see some of the latest medical equipment?

The chance is here, as Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham opens its doors to the public.

The super-hospital is hosting its annual open day, and people are being invited to witness work going on in the NHS.

Last year, hundreds of people were given the chance to view some of the hospital’s services and departments that are not often seen.

During the day there will be tours around departments such as radiotherapy, pathology, breast services, the simulation suite, hospital radio and the robotic surgical suite.

The booking point for various tours will be in 
the Education Centre on E Level.

Peter Mellor is director of corporate affairs for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital.

He said: ‘This is such a fantastic opportunity to take a look at what the hospital offers.

‘If you are due to have an appointment with us, then it’s a chance to have a 
look around and see what it’s like.

‘Hopefully it means future patients will be more at ease with the surroundings.

‘We have many things on for people to see.

‘There are dummies, which will be operated on, to show people what that is like, and some having babies – it’s really sophisticated.’

Visitors will also have the chance to meet and talk to members of staff and governors who will be there to answer questions.

A range of information stands and activities will be on show throughout the hospital, giving advice on anything from stroke and diabetes to careers at the trust.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up as a trust member, so you can be kept up-to-date with the latest developments at the trust.

Mr Mellor added: ‘Our open day is a great opportunity for our staff to showcase their skills and for visitors to see our world-class facilities for themselves.

‘There will also be a fire engine and half a helicopter, to show what goes on, on that side of things.’

The event will take place on Saturday, October 5, between 11am and 3pm.