Open day success at Saffron Walden Community Hospital

A FIRST ever open day held at Saffron Walden Community Hospital on Saturday proved to be a “real success”.

Around 40 blood pressure checks were carried out and �520 raised as the Radwinter Road facility threw open its doors to offer members of the public the chance to learn more about the outpatients department.

SEPT chief executive Dr Patrick Geoghegan OBE cut a ribbon to open the event. He was also on hand to meet and greet visitors who had the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked and to find out more about the history of the hospital and the services it provides.

Included among the attractions was a stall run by Breathe Easy, a support group for people with chronic breathing problems and their carers, as well as a display by local community health coaches, an exhibition of medical equipment and old uniforms and a test of how well people clean their hands.

Staff nurse Mel Grout said the day was “a real success”.

“We managed to raise �520 on the raffle and tombola combined,” she said.