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12:00am 9th June 2011

Children's heart surgery under the spotlight as Health Fair and Annual Public Meeting showcase services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is going public for the day on Thursday 9th June, with visitors being invited to hear from themselves about the importance of retaining children's heart surgery in the city, currently the subject of a national consultation.

As well as the Save Our Surgery talk by children's heart surgeons and cardiologists at the Trust's Health Fair there will be the chance to "have a go" at simulated keyhole surgery, learn about bugs and how to fight them, sample dishes from the patient menu, take a hand hygiene test and meet a range of frontline NHS staff.

Other events lined up the event, which precedes the Trust's Annual Public Meeting, include:

"    The chance for visitors to test their fitness
"    Displays on how staff 'deep clean' hospitals
"    The chance to meet some of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance heroes
"    Learn about surgical instruments used for life-saving operations

The activities are taking place at St James's University Hospital in the recently-refurbished patient and staff restaurant and retail area on the ground floor of the Gledhow Wing in the centre of the hospital site.

Parking (in the hospital multi-storey car park) and entry to the Health Fair and Annual Public Meeting are free, and there will be an access bus to help people with limited mobility. During the event refreshments will be available.

The Health Fair lasts from 12 noon until 4.45pm, with two 90-minute children's heart surgery talks scheduled for 1.00pm and 2.45pm in the Gledhow Wing seminar rooms. At the close of the day there will be the chance to hear about the Trust's progress and ask questions at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Annual Public Meeting, starting at 5.00pm in the main restaurant.

Mike Collier, Chairman of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

"This event is a great opportunity for people who haven't already been involved the children's heart surgery consultation to hear from staff on the unit about why it is vital to keep the service here in Yorkshire.

"Engaging with patients and the public to help them learn more about our services and seek their views is extremely important to us, and we hope this afternoon of activity will be both fun and interesting for everyone who comes along.

"Running a big hospital is a huge team effort involving staff from many departments working together. We want people to get a flavour from the Health Fair of just a few of the activities our staff are involved in 365 days a year to deliver high quality care to our patients.

"We also hope people will come along to the Annual Public Meeting following the Health Fair to hear about the significant progress the Trust has made in the last year, contained in our annual report and accounts, as well as the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult economic climate.

"This will be the opportunity for people to hear from the Board, make comments and ask questions about their local hospitals."

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