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Thor and Zeus drop in for open day

Young visitors enjoy the open day
Young visitors enjoy the open day

Hundreds of visitors made the most of Northwick Park’s Hospital’s annual Open Day getting free health checks and finding out about various conditions among the 70 stalls.

The temperature soared to more than 30C with entertainment by Indian Dhol drummers Beatology, the Irish Dance Academy and Steel Pan Academy, while a giant inflatable bowel provided some unlikely shelter from the sun.

The London Ambulance Service parked up alongside their counterparts in the Army, while emergency planning officer Colin McDonnell set up a decontamination tent and braved the hot weather in a Hazmet Suit.

Colin wasn’t the only one feeling the heat with entries for an NHS70 cake competition being stored in a refrigerated unit to stop them melting. 

Entries included a skeletal hand from radiography, a real eyeful of a cake from ophthalmology and the winning entry from pharmacist Iram Husain.

Harrier hawks Thor and Zeus kept an eagle eye on proceedings, while visitors got to look behind the scenes with guided tours which included an operating theatre, the dental education centre and the radiology and endoscopy units.