QE Gateshead open day hailed a huge success

Posted on Tue, 13/11/2018

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has hosted its busiest ever open day, with over 200 people turning out to learn more about their local hospital.

The open day aimed to provide members of the public with a first-hand account of how the hospital treats thousands of patients every year, with staff from across the hospital on hand to chat with visitors over tea and a scone while showcasing their services and skills.

Visitors were able to learn about career and apprenticeship opportunities, receive health and nutrition advice, take part in advanced life support practical sessions and even have a chat with the Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Jill Green, who came along to find out more about one of the North East’s major hospitals. 

Local school and college students were also in attendance, making the most of the opportunity to find out more about the work experience and apprenticeship opportunities available within the Trust and gain a valuable insight into applications and job experience.

As well as enjoying a cream tea, visitors could also meet with the Trust’s governors who represent them to find out more about how they can make a difference within their local hospital as well as signing up to become part of the membership scheme, which allows them to have their say in the future of the hospital and receive exclusive invitations, news and shopping discounts. 

Julia Hickey, Chairman of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was a privilege to welcome members of the public into the hospital for our annual open day and I’m thrilled that we had such a big turnout of people interested to learn more about their local hospital. We were particularly grateful to the Mayor for lending her support again to one of our events.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along, as well as to our staff members and governors for their efforts in helping towards a great afternoon.”

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