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Your Health, Your Hospital, You’re Welcome!

Our Trust opens its doors next week for our first Community Engagement Week event. From Monday 30th March visitors can come and take a look at the vast array of services we provide to our local community and patients further afield. The event will be launched on Monday at 11.30 am and during this time we will also be launching a new book which was commissioned in 2002 as part of the Manchester Royal Infirmary’s (MRI) 250th Anniversary celebrations. The book – ‘A history of the Central Manchester Teaching Hospitals and the NHS’ – mainly focuses on the history of our hospitals for the 60 years after the second world war. Trust Chairman, Peter Mount says: “We are delighted to be launching this interesting book at the beginning of a week which celebrates the work we are undertaking currently. Whilst we are an organisation which is looking forward to moving to new hospitals from June this year, it is still important to remember our heritage and that our history is determined by people and events no matter how new or old the buildings in which they occur.” The event runs the entire week with doors opening from 11.00 am. Each day features a different area of the organisation: Monday 30th March 2009 – Saint Mary’s Hospital Tuesday 31st March 2009 – Medicine Wednesday 1st April 2009 – Surgery and Clinical and Scientific Services Thursday 2nd April 2009 – Children’s Services Friday 3rd April 2009 - Dental Hospital and Royal Eye Hospital The week will also provide other information about other areas such as risk management, our new hospitals development, career opportunities and there will be interactive workshops taking place and question and answer sessions. Berenice Postlethwaite, Patient Partnership Manager says: “We wanted to come up with an idea which would support our community engagement plan. It is a week of activities and information that can involve patients and the public from our local communities and get them involved in their local hospital. The week will encourage visitors to learn more about the Trust and its services and have a say in decision making. It will give staff the opportunity to raise awareness about their services. “The week will enable us to reach out to members of the community. Visitors will gain an insight into the Trust and to be presented with information about clinical services and other innovative work undertaken by us.” Members of the public are invited to attend at any time during the week.