Leading heart research centre opens doors to public

21st May 2015

Visitors to an open day at a leading heart research centre next month will be able to find out more about its work and talk to researchers.

Harefield Hospital in Middlesex is holding the open day on Tuesday 17 June from 11.30am until 2.30pm.

Those who attend will be able to meet medical experts and get a taste of the groundbreaking heart and lung research being carried out at the hospital, part of the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

Each year hundreds of patients and healthy volunteers participate in heart research at the trust and its university partner, Imperial College London. This research leads to significant medical breakthroughs and the development of new treatments, said the trust in a statement.

Julia Coffey, public involvement coordinator in the trust’s cardiovascular biomedical research unit, said that visitors could explore the world of surgery in a pop-up operating theatre, try their hand at making heart valves and investigate how the lungs work by watching how an artificial lung ‘breathes’.

They could also find out about some of the latest heart and lung research through interactive demonstrations and by talking to clinical researchers and scientists about their work.  The day will include a wide range of activities, stands and round-table discussions.

Julia added: “Our research open days are getting bigger and better each year thanks to all the researchers and visitors who make them so informative and fun! Talking to members of the public about our research is very important and helps us become better researchers."

There will be signposts directing visitors to the event from the hospital’s main entrance off Hill End Road, Harefield, Middlesex UB9 6JH.

For further information about the trust’s research, see its website.