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Have you booked your place on our Bicentenary Open Day Tour yet?

An Open Day is being organised to celebrate the bicentenary of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. This will take place on the actual 200th anniversary of the hospital inauguration on Trafalgar Day 1814: Tuesday 21st October 2014.

The hospital will host a special Open Day between 9am-4pm to commemorate two hundred years of excellence in healthcare, opening its doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at the operational side of a hospital that treats a quarter of a million patients a year.

Patients and members of the public are invited to join staff past and present on this day to take a tour of the hospital.

Alongside the tour, there will be interactive stands in the atrium where visitors will get a wealth of information, and may even get the opportunity to have sight tests and their eyes measured!

Other highlights will include:

  • Information and displays on the clinical trials which have happened or are currently happening at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
  • Demonstration of abnormal colour vision and electrophysiology, including the chance to look at some virtual reality eyewear.
  • A display of the history of the Eye Bank, including information about donation and corneal grafts.
  • Videos of procedures relating to ocular prosthetics
  • Demonstration of eye conditions using simulation spectacles
  • Demonstration of diagnostic equipment and retinal camera to photograph the eye

The tours will include a look round the operating theatres where staff will be on hand to explain the instruments and equipment used on a daily basis.  They will also be able to demonstrate the advances in surgery with displays of old equipment. Footage will also be played of a 'real life' operation.

Debra Armstrong, Head of Nursing at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital said:

"I am extremely proud as Head of Nursing at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to lead the ophthalmic nursing team during the Bicentenary Anniversary. I am extremely privileged that I have a team of nurses who are caring, compassionate ambassadors delivering world class care."

To book a place, please email openday@cmft.nhs.uk