LOOK around an operating theatre, test out your CPR skills and the chance to meet a wide range of clinical experts are all on the agenda at an open day at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital this month.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will throw open the doors to the hospital, on Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, September 30.

Visitors can begin by collecting a map from main reception and choose where they want to go, such as taking a look around the radiology department and find out about some of the amazing machines experts use to examine patients, or watch a demonstration of the way decontamination tents and suits work. Or people can take a tour of the hospital kitchen, finding out how the team produce delicious and nutritious meals for patients, visitors and staff, before getting a taste of the food on offer.

There’s also the chance to find out how patients with heart problems are treated by going into one of the special cath labs, or take a behind-the-scenes look at an operating theatre.

Teddy bears and dolls can even receive treatment in the plaster room, with specialists on hand to put their injured limbs in a cast.

There will be a wide range of interactive displays available in the main restaurant, where a jobs fair will also be taking place, giving people the opportunity to see how you could take the next step in a career with the Trust.

Visitors can also find out exactly how well they clean their hands with the hospital’s infection control team, have their picture taken with a motorbike used to transport blood, learn about the work of the therapies teams, find out how good they are at giving CPR with clinical skills experts, or enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with the Trust chaplain.

Elizabeth Padmore, chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It promises to be a really good day, with activities suitable for the whole family.

“It’s a great chance for the public to get a look behind the scenes at their local hospital, speak to some of our experts and learn about the great work that goes on in the Trust.

“I’m very much looking forward to it, and I would encourage people to come along and enjoy what should be a really good event.”

The event is free, with parking available at the hospital for those attending.