King's Open Day 2013

Sunday 7th July at King's College Hospital.

The King's Open Day is the one time of year where we open our doors to the public so you can see some of the fantastic work our staff do. The event starts at 11am and closes at 3.30pm.

Once again our clinical teams will be showing off their latest innovations, talking to public and providing free health checks. Kids will be well catered for as usual with face painting, arm casts from the trauma team who feature in the Channel 4 series 24 Hours in A&E, and the ever popular "I'm a surgeon, get me out of here!". All this to the background of local live music from The London All-Stars Steel Band and Southwark choir Koruso!

This year we are celebrating 100 years in Camberwell with activities and stalls from our local community as well as a special, one-off Centenary exhibition. There will also be over 30 interactive hospital displays to visit.

And of course it wouldn't be a King's Open Day without the Golden Jubilee Wing sponsored abseil in aid of the King's College Hospital Charity. We are grateful to the charity who, generously support our Open Day.

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  • Apheresis

    Ever wanted to know how blood is prepared for use in stem cell transplants? Meet members of our apheresis service, and see how they do it!

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Bowel Cancer

    Our specialist bowel cancer nurses will be on hand to answer questions about the disease, and explain how bowel cancer patients are looked after at King’s.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Capital, Estates and Facilities

    Find out about what we are doing to modernise the King’s site, including plans for a helipad on the hospital site. You can also find out what we are doing to be a ‘green’ hospital, and how we have become one of the most environmentally friendly hospitals in the country.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Non Clinical

  • Chemotherapy

    Find out more about treatments at King’s to treat people with cancer. Our team will show you what chemotherapy is, and how it is used in the fight against cancer.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Critical Care Unit

    One of the busiest and biggest critical care units in the UK is being developed at King’s, and some of the staff will be on hand to show you how they use technology to care for critically ill patients.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the UK. Come to our stand for a blood glucose check and to find out how we treat diabetes, plus tips on controlling – and avoiding – diabetes.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy causes seizures as a result of a sudden burst of electrical activity in the brain. Meet members of the epilepsy team at King’s, and find out how they manage this complex condition.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Infection control

    Are you sure your hands are clean? Come and meet the Infection Control team and let them put you to the test. They’ll explain the work they are doing to reduce healthcare associated infections. You can also meet our clinical housekeepers, who keep the hospital clean and free from infection.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • King’s Health Partners

    King’s is part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between us, King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. Find out more about what this means for the future of King’s and how we’re working to translate our research into real treatments for our patients.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Non Clinical

  • Liver

    Come and meet the team from our world renowned Liver Unit. Discover how to love your liver, have a go at ‘I’m a surgeon, get me out of here’ and ‘Beat the virus’. . You can also hear what having a transplant means to recipients.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • NHS Blood and Transplant

    Would you take an organ if you needed one? Nearly everyone would. Visit the NHS Blood and Transplant stall to find out more, and add your name to the register if you wish.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Palliative Care

    We support patients who have life-limiting illnesses, working with them and their carers to enable them to have the best quality of life. Come and chat with our Palliative Care team to hear about the help we offer patients and their relatives.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    Come and explore the view from the top of Europe’s largest skyscraper the Shard… Can you help us climb 306 flights of stairs to the top by completing a stepping exercise with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation team?

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Research & Development

    We’re at the forefront of finding new ways of improving care and transforming innovations into real benefits for patients. Have a go on our randomisation game to learn more about how drug studies work – and win a prize!

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Rheumatology

    Rheumatology deals with the care of patients with conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, including joint (arthritis), bone and muscle diseases. Find out how our team of specialists look after patients with these conditions, and check your hands under the special ultrasound machine.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical

  • Stroke

    Prevention and management are the order of the day at King’s Stroke Centre. We’re offering free blood pressure and pulse checks and our experts will be on hand to give you advice.

    Golden Jubilee Wing, Clinical


  • Assisted Conception Unit (ACU)

    Meet our Assisted Conception Unit (ACU), and see how they help people become parents for the first time.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Cardiac

    Do you want to know how to have a healthy lifestyle and a healthy heart? Our healthy heart team will check your blood pressure and give you advice.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Child Health

    Children come from all over the country to be treated at King’s. Come and see how our play specialists manage to raise the spirits of children who are in hospital for long periods of time.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Dermatology

    We are offering mole checks and advice on how to protect your skin against sun damage plus information on treatments for common problems such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Free Face Painting

    From a butterfly to Batman, you can be whatever you want to be! Have your face painted for free.

    Marquee 3, Kids

  • Gynaecology

    Something you’d like to know about a gynaecological condition? We’re providing information about a wide range of women’s health issues.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Haematology

    Come along to haematology and discover all about blood cells and leukaemia. You will also have the opportunity to see what your blood cells look like under our microscope. There will also be a special prize for the lucky winner of the haematology competition!

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Lung Cancer

    Ever wanted to know what it’s like to see inside someone’s lungs? Take a tour of the giant, inflatable lungs, and meet the team at King’s who help patients diagnosed with lung cancer.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Medihome

    Do you require home care after your stay in hospital? Talk to nurses, physiotherapists and healthcare assistants from Medihome about care at home after a stay in hospital.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Midwives

    We care for more than 6,000 mothers and babies each year. Meet some of our midwives and find out what it’s like to have your baby at King’s.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Milk Bank

    Is breast best? Talk to our professionals for advice on breastfeeding and milk banking, and for information on registering as a breast milk donor. You can also check out the motorbike that speeds breast milk and blood to where it is needed.

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Nutrition

    Good nutrition is vital to ensuring our patients get the most from their treatment and make a good recovery. Meet our dieticians who will explain the work they do with people to help them eat well, and take your turn at creating a healthy smoothie by riding the team’s special exercise bike!

    Marquee 3, Clinical

  • Science Boffins

    Come and visit the Boffins stand and see some of their crazy science experiments. Expect things to squish, foam and maybe even explode!

    Marquee 3, Kids

  • Teddy Bear Hospital

    Bring your old teddy bears, Barbies or action figures to the Child Health team to see if they can get them bandaged up for you ready to be played with again.

    Marquee 3, Kids

  • Urogynaecology

    If you have any questions about women’s health, we’re the stand to visit. Talk to members of our urogynaecology team and learn more about the special exercises you can do to help with bladder and pelvic floor weakness.

    Marquee 3, Clinical


  • Bouncy Castle

    Kids, make your way to the rear of the car park and bounce till you can’t bounce no more!

    Car Park, Kids

  • Food Hut

    Our in-house catering team will be on site preparing some fresh food if you get peckish. Expect to see some local food favourites.

    Car Park, Food

  • Live music

    Brixton band ‘The London All Stars’ (12pm, 1pm and 2:30pm) and Southwark based Koruso! (2pm) will be music to your ears!

    Car Park, Other

  • London Fire Brigade

    The London Fire Brigade do great work to make sure that people are fire safe and stay away from our A&E. Come and see their chip pan fire display and see how quickly making dinner can get out of hand if you’re not careful.

    Car Park, Other

  • Magician and Balloon Modeller

    Meet our wacky doctor performing magic tricks, balloon modelling, and generally clowning around.

    Car Park, Kids

  • Medical Engineering and Physics

    Visit the big bus in the Car Park to find out about careers in Medical Engineering and Physics at King’s. Find out how the team ensure equipment such as CT scanners and ‘accelerators’ for cancer treatments are checked and maintained.

    Car Park, Clinical

  • Nando’s

    Whether you like your chicken extra hot or mild, Nando’s will be on site catering for both brave and timid chicken fans alike. Look out for Barci, Nando’s mascot who will be giving out prizes over the course of the day.

    Car Park, Food


  • Café Express

    Café Express for coffee and snacks is located in the Golden Jubilee Wing, on the right as you enter from the main doors.

    Transport Lounge, Food

  • Camberwell Leisure Centre

    Some of Southwark’s fitness fanatics will be on hand to give you some advice on keeping fit.

    Transport Lounge, Other

  • Careers

    Interested in working at King’s, one of London’s largest teaching hospitals? We’ll explain how to apply online via our new recruitment website and you can get a taste of our job preview tests.

    Transport Lounge, Non Clinical

  • Chaplaincy

    Our multi-faith team offers spiritual, religious and pastoral support to patients, carers and staff, whatever their faith, religion or beliefs. Come along and meet our team and find out the more about the work we do at the hospital. Our Chapel, considered one of the finest in Southwark and Lambeth, will also be open for tours until 3pm.

    Transport Lounge, Non Clinical

  • Friends of King’s College Hospital Charity

    We rely on the generosity of volunteers and donors as well as the many patients, carers and staff who use our services. Visit our stand to find out more about our work and how you can help. You can also buy special King’s centenary merchandise, with the proceeds used by the Friends to improve services for patients.

    Transport Lounge, Non Clinical

  • King’s and the PRUH

    Come and talk to us about King’s possible acquisition of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley. Staff will be on-hand to explain the reasons for the acquisition, the benefits to patients and to staff and timescales around the plans.

    Transport Lounge, Non Clinical

  • King’s Volunteers

    We are an ever-growing group of dedicated people who give our time to help patients and staff at King’s. Visit our stand to find out more about our extraordinary growth from 100 to 750 volunteers in a year, and how you can get involved.

    Transport Lounge, Non Clinical

  • Medirest

    Find out more about Medirest, which is the company that help ensure our patients are fed, the hospital is kept clean, and patients are moved from one department to another, as well as much more. They will also be speaking to people wanting to find out more about working at King’s for Medirest.

    Transport Lounge, Other

  • Membership

    Anyone – young or old – can become a Member of King’s. Find out how you can join the King’s family, which currently has over 15,000 staff and patient members.

    Transport Lounge, Other

  • Post-Graduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE)

    Our PGMDE team help train the doctors and nurses of the future. Come and test your own life-saving skills on their resuscitation mannequin, and find out more about careers in medicine.

    Transport Lounge, Clinical


  • Centenary Exhibition

    Visit the hospital’s Boardroom in the Hambleden wing to explore 100 years in Camberwell. There is a special photography exhibition, as well as other memorabilia from the hospital’s past.

    Board Room, Other


  • Chapel Tour

    Make your way to the Hambleden wing entrance at 1pm, which is the meeting point for a tour of the King’s Chapel, considered one of the finest in Southwark and Lambeth. Reverend Stanley Njoka will be leading the tour.

    Hambleden Wing Entrance, Other


  • Day Surgery

    Be a surgeon for a day! Meet members of our Day Surgery team, and see the equipment they use for all sorts of operations. You will also have the opportunity to practice chest compressions and have a sneak peak in our Operating Theatre.

    Day Surgery, Clinical


  • Dental

    The tooth fairies at the Dental Institute will be offering dental advice for adults and children. Get information on career opportunities, see our balloon modeller and maybe have your face painted.

    Dental, Clinical


  • Emergency Department

    As you may have seen on the Channel 4 series, ‘24 Hours in A&E’, we have one of the busiest Emergency Department in the country. We’ll be teaching people how to apply bandages as well as having a go at cardiac massage. Expect some kids to come away with some nifty new casts, bandages and slings but without the injuries to go with them!

    Marquee 2, Clinical

  • London Air Ambulance

    The London Air Ambulance flies over our heads every day, saving lives and transporting patients to King’s and other hospitals across the Capital. Meet members of the team, and find out how they care for patients with life-threatening injuries.

    Marquee 2, Clinical

  • Special Effects Make-Up

    Visit the Greasepaint make-up artists who are on hand to give your family and friends a fright with realistic cuts, bruises and gashes, all for free!

    Marquee 2, Kids

  • X-Ray

    Don’t know what radiology is? Or what a radiographer does? We’ve activities for all ages including guess the number of coins on the x-ray and put the skeleton’s bones in the correct order, with prizes to be won!

    Marquee 2, Clinical


  • King’s in Conversation

    Discover what our staff and patients think about the level of care we provide at King’s, and find out how you can get involved.

    Marquee 1, Non Clinical

  • Prizes and Freebies

    Pick up your competition pack from the Information Area for some free gifts and to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes.

    Marquee 1, Kids

  • Safeguarding Adults

    Meet our Safeguarding Adults team, and find out about the important work they do to protect the welfare of adult patients treated and cared for at King’s.

    Marquee 1, Clinical

  • SE5 Forum

    The SE5 Forum exists to improve the lives of people in Camberwell. Visit their stall to find out more about the SE5 Forum, and how you can join.

    Marquee 1, Other

  • Unison

    Unison – Britain’s biggest trade union - will be on hand to talk about the important work they do to represent full-time and part-time staff who work for the NHS and other public services.

    Marquee 1, Non Clinical


  • London Ambulance Service (LAS)

    The London Ambulance Service provide a vital service, and is called out to over 10,000 cardiac arrests a year alone. Meet some of the paramedics, and find out how they look after the people of London.

    Ambulance Bays, Clinical

  • Metropolitan Police

    Find out about the work that goes on to ensure King’s is a safe place for patients, visitors and staff. The focus this year is on crime prevention.

    Ambulance Bays, Other


  • Sponsored Abseil

    It’s a long way down! Come and cheer on the brave people abseiling 100ft down the Golden Jubilee Wing to raise money for King’s.

    Abseil, Other


  • Together We Can…

    The hospital fundraising team ‘together we can….’ will be fundraising on-site. They will be supporting our charity abseilers, providing old-fashioned funfair games, as well as sporting activities. Please come and say hello – we are very friendly!

    Opposite Dental, Non Clinical