Here’s what happened when Portsmouth’s QA Hospital opened its doors to the public 

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QUEEN Alexandra Hospital held an engaging open day for members of the public on Saturday.  

The event was put on in an attempt to allow people to come in and learn more about hospitals and all of the roles within, as well as raising awareness for QA becoming a ‘no smoking zone’ by January 14, 2019.

QA Trust Chairman Melloney Poole, left, with Claire Spencer-Hanmer and 'Tilly' promoting 'Pets as Therapy'. Claire is also a Maternity Support Worker. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

QA Trust Chairman Melloney Poole, left, with Claire Spencer-Hanmer and 'Tilly' promoting 'Pets as Therapy'. Claire is also a Maternity Support Worker. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

This change is coming into effect because of the national initiative to make NHS sites promote healthier lifestyles.

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Dominic Powles, associate practice educator for the hospital believes this change is a very positive one and said: ‘If you’re not against smoking, then you’re promoting it.

‘These smoking shelters are promoting it.’

(L-R) QA Trust Chief Executive Mark Cubbon, Cllr. George Fielding, Cllr Stephen Morgan MP. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

(L-R) QA Trust Chief Executive Mark Cubbon, Cllr. George Fielding, Cllr Stephen Morgan MP. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Member of the public, Ivy Enninful from Portsmouth also agreed with this positive change, saying: ‘If the change is going to improve health, then a hospital is the best place for it to start’.

In terms of what the open day had to offer, it allowed all types of people to be taught about the ins and outs of the hospital in a fun and engaging way.

At the entrance, there were stands with information about various related diseases and illnesses, centred around a big inflatable organ.

This was also where tours of various departments could be booked, including hospital radio, microbiology and mortuary for a more in-depth look at some of the aspects of the hospital.

Most of the department stalls and stands were located on level E, which included dementia, X-rays, orthopaedics and many more.

Every department delivered information in a creative way, many of which with interactive demonstrations and activities for people to get involved in.

For example, children had the chance to try out the new distraction treatment in the childcare unit.

Paul Wood of Southsea, said: ‘It’s vital for people to be allowed to come in and interact with the staff.

‘So many people are frightened of hospitals so the more they know the better’.

Over the next two months, there are a number of public meetings about the future developments of QA Hospital.

For more information visitporthosp.nhs.uk