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03 September 2012

Doors Open Day at the Bristol Heart Institute

The Bristol Heart Institute (BHI) will, for a second year, be part of Bristol Doors Open Day, taking place on Saturday 8 September.  Guided tours will take visitors around the open parts of the building and there will also be an opportunity to enjoy a series of short talks given by members of staff including clinical staff working at the BHI. 

The guided tours will take place at 10h15, 11h15, 12h15, 13h15, 14h15 and 15h15 and the talks will take place in the atrium at a quarter to the hour. 

Visitors will be taken through the light and airy atrium with its 14 real trees from the fig family and continue on to the day care area.  This is where patients are prepared prior to treatment and where they are taken to recover following their treatment. 

The tour continues from the day care area to the catheter laboratories where cardiology diagnostic tests and treatments are performed.  Visitors will be shown the bi-plane catheter laboratory, which houses an X-ray machine designed to take two angles of the heart to give sharper diagnostic images of heart problems. 

As they leave, visitors will see the patient lifts; during the consultation about the design of the building, patients told us that when they are on beds and being wheeled through hospital, the main thing they see is fluorescent lights.  So artists worked with our porters and designed beautiful patient lift ceilings.  From the patient lifts, visitors will be guided back into the atrium where the talks will take place and where the coffee shop will be serving refreshments from 10am until 4pm. 

Says Dr Peter Wilde, Head of the Division of Specialised Services:  "We are delighted to have this opportunity to welcome visitors and show them round our state-of-the-art hospital building where we offer patients high quality cardiac services in the most modern and professional surroundings.  As well as seeing behind the scenes, we hope visitors will also be interested in staying on to attend talks given by our staff who will  be offering insights into some of the work carried out  here."