Public made welcome at Chase Farm Hospital Open Day
Last updated 15-Jul-10 10:49
Visitors to Chase Farm Hospital's Open Day on 10 July were able to join in a celebration of the future and present of health services carried out on this site, thanks to a unique mix of displays and stands that made use of both the glorious summer weather and the refreshing indoor shade.
The public were able to view stands of Trust services, including breast screening and resuscitation, as well as enjoy entertainments that included tombola, facepainting, a bouncy castle and various stands selling books, jewellery, cakes and handbags. External organisations such as the fire service, Costco supermarket and many others were also present.
The biggest attraction of the day was the chance to see the £1.5m da Vinci Robot on display, with one of the visitors having a special connection to the device. Richard Moseley (see attached picture) was among the first patients to be operated on by Trust surgeons using the Robot. Under anaesthesia at the time, he attended the Open Day months after his procedure so he could see what the machine actually looked like.
While the Open Day was planned as a showcase event rather than a fundraising one, proceeds from the fundraising stalls (including summer draw sales, charity box donations and Fun Run/Walk registrations) as well as the cake and tombola stalls raised over £550 for the da Vinci Robot Appeal.
Trust Chairman Baroness Margaret Wall of New Barnet said: "We are extremely grateful to the public for the interest they continue to show in our services, and also to our friends in other organisations who have helped our staff to bring this event together."