Magic and music proved just the tonic as West Middlesex Hospital held its second annual open day on Saturday (September 13).

A brass band entertained visitors in the atrium of the hospital, in Twickenham Road, Isleworth, where people also enjoyed magic tricks, face-painting and craft sessions, among other activities.

Staff also offered behind-the-scenes tours, giving people the rare chance to see an surgical theatre from a different perspective than the operating table.

Other attractions included the Zumba classes, run by Fusion Lifestyle, and the chance to sample hospital food (more appealing than it would have sounded before NHS caterers upped their game).

 

The hospital and its partners also gave people the chance to get a health MOT and learn about leading a healthier lifestyle, as well as providing information about the expansion of its maternity department and improvements to its A&E ward.

The upgrades are part of West Mid's reclassification as a major hospital, as part of a shake-up of health services which recently saw the closure of emergency wards at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith hospitals.