Come inside our operating theatre of the past, present and future

IMG_8396.JPGPlym Children’s Theatres will once again be opening its doors as part of the Trust’s NHS70 Open day on Saturday 16 June (10.00-14.00). This is a great opportunity for children and adults to come and find out more about what happens inside an operating theatre.

Once again, we will be running our Teddy Bear Hospital – so if you know of a teddy or toy who is in need of some medical attention, please bring them along to be checked over, bandaged, or even stitched back up by the experts. The teddy bear’s owners are welcome to help and there are reward stickers for the owners and patients.

Come inside our operating theatre of the past, present and future – showcasing the changes that there have been in caring for people having surgery over the 70 years that the NHS has been in existence. Visitors will be able to see how the equipment we use to keep patients safe during anaesthesia has improved. Find out more about the different job roles in an operating theatre team and how we work together to look after patients, you could even have a go at “scrubbing-up”.

Plymouth Kidzzz – the charity that supports Plymouth Children’s Theatres, will be offering the opportunity to get involved with some pebble art and there will be lots of other activities for children and adults.

Come along for a day of interactive fun and education for all the family. For more information and to book on to events or talks, please download our app:


Sarah Wimlett
Consultant Anaesthetist

#NHS70 Open Day on Saturday 16 June 2018

Wooden doctor desk background with copy space at bottomThis year the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday. We thought a great way to celebrate it would be to hold an Open Day with the theme of #NHS70 – the NHS past, present and future.

Some of our many services will be showing what healthcare was like in the past, how it is now and what it might look like in the future.

We will have on show equipment used in healthcare in decades past, for example old equipment used to test your hearing and old lenses and artificial eyes. We’ll also be exploring how roles, such as those of nurses and therapists have changed since the NHS first started. Being a Major Trauma Centre, we’ll be able to explain how things like survival rates have changed (and improved!) for patients and why.

From the chance to step into a modern day operating theatre to viewing our unique historic library collections, from discovering more about blood  and the history of microscopy to cracking bones, from finding out how research has changed over the years to trying your hand at delivering a mock baby … we’re inviting people to come along and find out more.

Download our programme for full details

But the #NHS70 Open Day won’t be all looking back. By very popular demand, we’ll once again have a Careers Fair so those interested in being our future staff and volunteers can find out more about the opportunities available. You can book in advance to attend talks by some of our specialist staff groups using our app.

We have also teamed up with our two local universities – the University of Plymouth will be joining us on the day with interactive stands around podiatry and dietetics. They will also be bringing their training ambulance along to the event so visitors can explore how Paramedic Practitioners are trained.

Plymouth Marjon University, just across the road from Derriford Hospital will be opening up their sports centre and health areas to demonstrate activities such as rehabilitation.

Being a military hospital benefiting from the Defence Medical Group South West, our military colleagues will be with us on the day with Casualty Sim to interact with and a display of RNH Stonehouse amongst other things.

For those interested, we’ll once again be running our popular behind the scenes tours too.

Over the next few weeks we will bring you more information about some of the many activities which will be on show on the #NHS70 Open Day using this blog. So please keep visiting and we hope to see you on the day. There will be free car parking for the Open Day in Car Parks C and D – site map here.

Come along for a day of interactive fun and education for all the family. For more information and to book on to events or talks, please download our app:


Hope to see you there


Head of Communications