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If you needed your stomach muscles tightening or your blood pressure taken then Bradford Royal Infirmary was the place to be yesterday as its doors were thrown open to allow the public a real chance to see the work going on and hear about plans to improve services in the future.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals held its annual open event and people took advantage of the opportunity to quiz staff, including managers and clinicians, on what was happening in their hospital.

Field House on the BRI site was transformed for the showcase and visitors were able to take part in interactive displays, view exhibits and see demonstrations throughout the evening.

Chief executive Professor Clive Kay (pictured) said: "This event gave us the opportunity to celebrate and see the many great examples of work going on in and around our hospitals on a daily basis.

"It also gave the public, our members and governors a glimpse of how we strive to put patients first in everything that we do and the lengths we go to in providing innovative services of which we are very proud."

Many departments of the hospital were represented - from dietetics and diabetes to physiotherapy, dementia and elderly care.

The infection control nurses were on hand to reiterate important messages to the public and staff in their joint efforts to prevent the spread of bugs within the hospitals, while electronic patient records staff explained the many benefits of the safer and more efficient care that the Trust's new, multi-million pound system will provide when it goes live next year.

Radiology staff demonstrated cutting edge technologies such as cardiac CT, new MRI sequences and ultrasound machines, while the dementia team showcased their work which is leading the field nationally.

The bowel cancer screening team were also on hand to talk about how they were one of just seven teams nationally to have been chosen by Cancer Research UK to participate in an awareness-raising campaign, which aims to increase the numbers of eligible 60-to-74-year-olds taking part in their programme.

The public also got the chance to get an update on the BRI's new £28m hospital wing which is due to open its doors to patients in autumn 2016.

Other teams who attended included the chaplaincy team who administer to the spiritual needs of patients, voluntary services whose volunteers give so selflessly their time and Bradford Hospitals Charity whose purchases of equipment and home comforts means so much to so many Bradford families.

The AGM and AMM was also broadcast live to patients by the BRI's hospital radio station, Radio Royal, whose website can be found at www.radioroyalbradford.com