Canterbury open day builds community connections
Canterbury Hospital opens its doors to the local community to showcase its health services.
Canterbury Hospital opened its doors to the local community on Saturday, with many taking the opportunity to meet our clinicians and learn about the high-quality health services we provide.
During the Open Day, experts were on hand to answer questions about the range of health services the hospital offers - from maternity, drug health and the After Hours General Practice service - and to promote health and wellbeing.
And, those who came along were provided health information to help improve their access to healthcare and to boost levels of health literacy.
The Canterbury community is one of the most diverse in New South Wales with about 65 per cent of the 220,000 strong population speaking a language other than English at home.
Sydney Local Health District chief executive Dr Teresa Anderson joined the hospital's general manager Kiel Harvey at the event.
"The day is about connecting with our community and letting them know about the services that we provide," Mr Harvey said.
"Not only at Canterbury, but what the broader Sydney Local Health District can do for any member of the community at any point in their lives."
Community organisations – with which the hospital works closely - also attended including the Chinese Australian Services Association and the Muslim Women's Association.
"We hope to spread awareness… to give more information about the things that we do and the services we provide," said Saja Hamwi, the MWA's project support officer.
Dozens joined tours of the hospital that were conducted in five languages - English, Cantonese, Bengali, Mandarin and Arabic and many admired the historical photos of hospital's buildings, grounds and staff dating from c1930s.
Outside on the green, flamenco and Ethiopian dancers took to the stage while face painting, jumping castles, and the chance to meet local police officers, fire fighters and paramedics kept the children entertained.
Mum Samantha Chapman was among the crowd with her children.
"I had three of my babies at Canterbury. I love it. [The open day] is a positive reason to come to the hospital - especially with kids. Showing them that the hospital isn't a scary place and it's somewhere fun and safe to go," Ms Chapman said.
Canterbury Hospital is an acute general hospital, which has been providing high-quality health care to the community since 1929.
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