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15 September 2011

See the difference at Bristol Eye Hospital at the Public Open Day

Local people are being invited to see the difference at Bristol Eye Hospital which has been newly refurbished with £1.9m worth of major new developments, with the help of local charity Above & Beyond. A public open day at the Eye Hospital will be held from 10am until 2pm on Saturday 17 September.

This will be a fantastic opportunity for local people to go on a tour of one of the country's leading specialist hospitals with an international reputation for treatment of the diseases of the eye, and recognised by the UK Government as a pioneer in the research field.  The tour route for the public open day includes the chance to see an operating theatre, and games and quizzes for children.

Director of Clinical Research at the Eye Hospital Professor Andrew Dick explains:

"There will be a chance for visitors to the open day to see the dedicated brand new Paediatric Unit.  We've also  brought research and treatment together on one floor in the new Retinal Treatment and Research Unit so that continued improvements in care, led by research, can be developed.  This is a hospital that people in the region can be very proud of."

Sarah Nadin, Divisional Manager for the Division of Surgery, Head & Neck warmly invited local people to come to the Open Day, saying:

"So many of us across the age spectrum are affected by diseases of the eye - and we hope that our open day this Saturday will be a chance for people of all ages to learn more about the work of the Eye Hospital at a tremendously exciting time in its' development.  The public will be able to meet members of our friendly team, find out about what we do behind the scenes and learn about the history of Bristol Eye Hospital which celebrated its' 200th anniversary last year."

Artist in Residence at BEH Shelley Jameswho designed the glass art panels in the hospital says:

" It has been a privilege to work with Above & Beyond and hospital staff to develop this art programme.   It's been very important to me to honour the pioneering, and hugely creative research work carried out here.  The environment that people are in when they go into hospital at a time when they may feel vulnerable is really important, so it was really good to have the opportunity to contribute to that. My work here has a story to tell and it's very much related to and inspired by the work of the dedicated staff team at Bristol Eye Hospital"

Andrew Monk, Director of Fundraising at local charity Above & Beyond concludes:

"We are delighted to have been able to help make a difference to the future of patient care at Bristol Eye Hospital which has such a fantastic heritage and strong reputation for providing excellent and innovative research, treatment and care.  It is thanks to the generosity of those making a gift to our charity in their will that we have been able to provide £500,000 towards refurbishing the hospital - their legacy has been to make a lasting difference to eyecare in our city for generations to come."