On Saturday we held our first Open Day in nearly a decade and, despite torrential rain all day, it was a great success.
The rain forced the majority of activities into the RILD building but it didn’t stop our brilliant hospital choir, The Rhythm of Life, from singing and dancing in the rain. We also had the Upcrowd Band, JJ Wilde and our hospital radio all braving the rain to put on a great show.
Under the protection of the RILD, visitors discovered new talents with Greek and Bollywood dance classes and made their own smoothies on the Smoothie Bike. Budding surgeons were able to get a close look at how robotic surgery works, see how clean their hands really were and were finally allowed to play with their food at the Fun with Food stall.
One of the highlights of the day for many was the behind-the-scenes tours where a total of thirteen departments, including the Centre for Women’s Health, Laundry and AMU (complete with elephant mascot!), volunteered to give up their time to show members of the public around their departments.
Overall, it was a great day with a lot of positive feedback from those who attended. A parent, who attended with her teenage son who was undecided about future career prospects in the NHS, said: “After three tours, a demo on the robot and some very useful conversations with Recruitment and Learning and Development he has gone away with a much clearer idea of what he would like to achieve and how to get there. I can’t thank you enough”.
A massive thank you to all staff, volunteers and governors who worked tirelessly to make sure that the day was a success