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Over 170 enjoy open day at Salisbury District Hospital 

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Eight year old Leah Turnbull takes the light box test to see how well she has used the anti bacterial hand gel, which is a key part of infection control.
Sharon Noble takes a closer look at genetic structures through a microscope at the Open Day

Salisbury District Hospital 21st Birthday

Members of the public had a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of some of the hospital’s key services as part of a 21st birthday Open Day.

Over 170 people enjoyed guided tours around the cardiac suite where complex heart procedures take place, the endoscopy unit where the latest diagnostic equipment is used to identify a range of conditions and one of the hospital’s operating theatres.

There were also opportunities to see inside a modern hospital pharmacy where the team uses electronic robotic machinery to manage the collection and distribution of medicines within the pharmacy, the Neonatal Unit Family Suite and a tour of rheumatology where the team treat a number of rheumatic conditions including osteoporosis.

In addition, there were a wide range of displays giving people an insight into the work that takes place across the hospital.

Peter Hill, Chief Executive said: “This year marks a key moment in our history and this was one of a number of activities that we have planned to celebrate our anniversary. Our open day really was a fantastic occasion which gave us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our staff and showcase the work that takes place here in Salisbury.”

“There was so much interest from the public and all the people I spoke to were really impressed with the tours and displays and the effort that our staff had made to put on such an excellent show".

Mr Hill added: “I would like to use this opportunity to thank the public for their support and everyone who came along on the day. Of course we couldn’t have achieved this without our staff who made this such a successful and enjoyable occasion and one which so successfully captured the imagination of the people of Salisbury and beyond.”

Notes to editors:

In January 1993, acute general and elderly services transferred from the Salisbury infirmary and Newbridge Hospital in Harnham to the newly built Salisbury District Hospital on the Odstock site where it joined other services already running from the site. This marked the biggest development in the history of healthcare in Salisbury and the beginning of a key phase in the expansion of local services, as the Trust continues to develop and modernise services for patients.

For further information please contact:

Patrick Butler,
Communications Manager,
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170
Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:06 
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