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Open day at Wells hospital

PUBLISHED: 16:17 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 07 July 2010

Wells Community Hospital will open its doors next week to show visitors the diverse range of clinical and healthcare services available in their neighbourhood.

Wells Community Hospital will open its doors next week to show visitors the diverse range of clinical and healthcare services available in their neighbourhood.

The summer Public Open Day gives people the chance to see the facilities created by the community at the site of the former Wells Cottage Hospital.

Health chiefs closed the wards in 2004 but the building was reopened as a “Community Venture” in September 2006 after a spirited public campaign.

Since then the hospital has forged partnerships with the NHS, independent agencies and clinicians to create wide-ranging services including acupuncture and holistic manipulation - which will be demonstrated at the open day.

Hospital staff will also be on hand to service hearing aids and give information for people with disabilities and their carers.

Voluntary groups which organise social activities and provide support for young families will also be represented.

Matron Louise Bennett will run regular slide shows to illustrate how the hospital is progressing and there will be a prize draw offering vouchers for free treatments including podiatry, massage and hearing tests.

The hospital trust's long-term goal is to restore permanent in-patient beds to the site, but daily outpatient clinics are already held with consultants, nurse specialists and community outreach teams.

t The open day runs from 10am to 3pm on Thursday 11 June.

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