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One Big Saturday
Get to know your local hospital during One Big Saturday
18 May 2017

Take the chance to glimpse behind the scenes at your local hospital when we throw open our doors later this month.

One Big Saturday is being held at the Heath Road site on 27 May to share the story of how the hospital is changing with all of the communities it serves. It will give people the chance to find out more about the hospital’s 'Writing the Next Chapter' strategy, which is its plan for the next five years produced following great feedback from people across Ipswich and east Suffolk.

Visitors will also be able to tour parts of the hospital, including the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre, workshops and pharmacy. The simulation suite will also be open so that people can watch staff tackle various medical scenarios using a high-tech life-like mannequin which can speak, breath and blink.

Children will be given the chance to try their hand at bandaging and making slings, One Life Suffolk will be offering health checks, and the Ipswich Hospital choir will keep everyone entertained by performing during the day.

Finally, visitors will get the chance to find out more about working for the hospital and the training opportunities it offers, as well as attending workshops on interview technique and writing a CV.

“We hope that as many people as possible will join us for our One Big Saturday event, which is a fantastic chance to see behind the scenes at your local hospital,” said Clare Edmondson, director of human resources at the hospital. “As well as finding out about how we work every day, visitors will also get the chance to meet some our hard-working staff and hear more about their roles and the care they provide.

“We have designed the day to showcase the hospital as the heart of a healthy community and will be working with our partners to promote the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, which can help people to stay well and maintain their independence.

“We will also be talking about just how rewarding a career in healthcare can be, as well as answering any questions from anyone who is interested in joining our team.”

One Big Saturday takes place between 11am and 3pm. Parking is free. Anyone coming along should start their visit by going to Outpatient Department Entrance 6, where they can pick up a full programme of events and a hospital map.

>> View the One Big Saturday poster.

>> Find out more about our 'Writing the Next Chapter' Strategy.