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About the Open Day

In this 70th year of the wonderful NHS the RD&E hospital will be holding an Open Fun Day on Saturday 22nd September; 10.00am till 3.00pm. The day will be packed full of activities with plenty of fun for all ages; including tours of the hospital, see a state-of-the-art surgical robot, demonstrations, an entertainment stage with live music and dancing, street food and drink from local suppliers, and kids’ activities.

Tours will include ‘behind the scenes’ insights into areas like theatres and labs and for the children – bring your teddies and see what teddy gets up to when needing a trip to hospital – and much, much, more.

We hope to see members of staff, both past and present, their families and friends, our community and members coming together to celebrate and have fun, whilst also supporting the Trust’s charities FORCE and ELF. It will be free to attend and park at the event, although donations to the charities will be very welcome.

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Planning your day

Our Hospital tours have been a resounding success and are now fully booked. We may however still be able find you a place so come along to the Tours Desk in the Marquee 10 minutes beforehand. To plan your day to ensure you don’t miss out on the rest of the great range of activities on offer download our Programme and our useful map.

Don’t forget to visit the RILD building when planning your visit. As well as the Seminars and the Interactive Health Fair activities, find out more about Careers opportunities at the RD&E. If you are still feeling energetic after our Bollywood dancing session take a spin on the smoothie bike or simply relax and take a look at the rest of the information stands. Download an overview of what’s on in the RILD.

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Book a Tour

Come and see areas of the hospital not normally seen by members of the public, look behind the scenes and learn about how we care for our communities by using up to date technology, including robotic surgery – don’t forget to check out one of our robots in the RILD building, at the main reception! All tours are bookable and places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.


Come and join in the Activities at the RD&E Open Day on Saturday 22 September! Try your hand at table tennis, soft archery or giant connect 4. Perhaps you or a family member fancy a face painting, try Greek or Bollywood dancing - or want to make your own smoothie by peddling on a bike? We aim to keep you fit and healthy in body and in mind!

Lots of live music during the day – check out our programme for details and timings. Make a request for our hospital radio to play your favourite song, or just listen to the bands while you take advantage of the great street food. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Face Painting
    Fun for children of all ages
  • Hospital Radio
    Request a song or visit the radio station
  • Table Tennis
    Come and play table tennis
  • Greek Dancing
    Learn how to dance Greek style
  • Fun with fruit and veg
    Get creative in our craft sessions
  • The Rhythm of Life Choir
    Come and listen to our RD&E Rock Choir
  • Biometrics tests
    Come along check your body mass index
  • Bollywood Dancing
    Learn how to Bollywood dance
  • Robotic Surgery
    See our robot & learn about robotic surgery
  • Learn Resuscitation
    Learn how to use a defibrillator

And many more...

Street Food

Enjoy a selection of fab street food from local suppliers

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