Open day is huge success

Hundreds of people flocked to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

More than 300 people braved stormy wind and rain to take part in the hospital’s open day and learn more about the achievements made in healthcare over the last six decades.

Locals, staff, visitors and patients took part in the two fun-filled days to mark the big birthday and had the chance to meet staff from all disciplines.

Libby Campbell, associate director of nursing for NHS Lothian, said:


“We are pleased so many people took the time to come and visit us and are grateful to all of our staff who helped make it special.
“We had some super exhibitions which provided an interesting snapshot of healthcare through the ages and kept everyone entertained.”
The hospital’s mall was transformed with colourful displays and exciting exhibitions, on Oct 26 and 27, while visitors were given the chance to step back in time for a fascinating glimpse into the health service used by previous generations.
A parade of uniforms, from through the ages, sat alongside a host of old theatre equipment, medical archives and infection control procedures.


“Another display charted the advances made in maternity care while open day visitors were given the chance to learn more about blood transfusion, handwashing, volunteering and even the opportunity to join NHS Lothian.