The jokes and jibes about hospital food are endless but have you ever wondered what it really tastes like? Or how clean your hands actually are when you’re visiting a family member on a ward?
Now’s your chance to find out next week at a special marketplace event featuring everything from patient dining, volunteering and infection control to a poignant photographic exhibition. There’s even a chance to win a car!
Next Tuesday’s (21 July) event at The James Cook University Hospital is open to anyone with an interest in healthcare and also provides the opportunity for people to take part in ‘care conversations’ on how services can be improved and enhanced in the future.
It forms part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s annual members meeting, where an overview of the organisation’s challenges and achievements over 2014/2015 will be discussed.
Teams taking part in the marketplace, which will be held in the academic centre from 11am to 1.30pm, include:
- The catering department offering a selection of hospital food to taste (Cleveland Room) while you browse the ‘My Viewpoint’ exhibition – Trinity Holistic Centre’s pilot photography project taken by men diagnosed with prostate cancer
- The trust’s therapeutic care volunteers talking about their roles and the impact they’ve had on patients
- The infection, prevention control team’s role in tackling infection and how the public can play their part. Try the ‘light box’ test to see how clean your hands really are?
- South Tees Hospitals Charity team’s £2m appeal to bring a MRI scanner to the Friarage, including its raffle to win a car
- Members from the ‘Fit 4 the Future’ team in Hambleton and Richmondshire holding ‘care conversations’. Join them on the sofa to discuss how we can identify opportunities for working together to improve local healthcare and enhance vital services such as the Friarage Hospital
- The transformation team sharing the work they’re doing to transform services across the trust, along with staff involved in IMProVE – integrated management and proactive care for the vulnerable and elderly
The formal part of the day – the trust’s annual members meeting – will take place at midday in the academic centre’s Ian Haslock lecture theatre and includes a short video from the executive team looking back over the year.
Trust chairman Deborah Jenkins said: “We’ve tried to offer something of interest to everyone this year but this really is a great opportunity for people to come along, find out a bit more about the trust and meet some of our staff.
“While the event is aimed at trust members, anyone can come along and may be even register to become a member for free at the event.”