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Operating Theatres Open Day: A chance to see behind the scenes and meet the team

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Thursday 08 August 2019

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will be in contact with everyone who has booked a ticket to let them know. 

The Princess Elizabeth Hospital is giving Islanders a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the operating theatres, speak to medical professionals who work there and learn about a career in healthcare.

On Saturday 17th August, a special Operating Theatres Open Day is being held from 9am - 1pm. There will be lots for both young and old Islanders with an interest in medicine. Adults will see how staff prep for a procedure, learn about the specialist equipment used in the theatre and can even have go scrubbing and gowning.

There will be a 'Kids' Corner' where children can also dress up in gowns and masks, or try their surgical skills out in a life-size game of 'Operation'.

There will also be an area dedicated to encouraging 'Future Recruits' where people can learn about educational and career opportunities in healthcare and get advice from the experts.

The Open Day is free, but as there is only limited space, we are asking people to sign up for one of five 40-minute visits over the day through our Eventbrite page https://operatingtheatresopenday.eventbrite.co.uk .

'We're really looking forward to welcoming people into our operating theatres. It's a side of healthcare we know people are curious about but many won't ever get the chance to see how it works, or meet the people for whom the theatre is their office. And we're really hoping it offers a bit of inspiration to anyone considering a future career in healthcare.' -Vicky Ogden, Operating Department Practitioner

On the day of the event, one of the theatres will remain in use during the day, as it is important this facility is available, particularly for emergencies. If there is a need to make other theatres available, the Open Day may need to be cancelled and visitors may be asked to leave at very short notice.

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