Salisbury District Hospital is hosting its first-in-a-generation Open Day for the community later this month.

The 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital will be on hand to provide a look at the workings of military medicine through history, exhibiting a modern-day ground manoeuvre surgical bay and a battlefield ambulance, with demonstrations of how wartime casualties would have been treated and cared for.

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating multiple milestone anniversaries this year, with the hospital being 80 years old and the NHS 75.

The hospital on Odstock Road has its origins as a US Army field hospital, treating casualties from D-Day, the Battle of Normandy and the Liberation of Europe in the Second World War.

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The event is open to everyone in the community and will include a variety of activities on the day. Several hospital departments will be showcasing their services, enabling visitors to learn more about the hospital and hospital life. Visitors will get to see life-saving robots in action, have a tour of the hospital site, and view the new ward being constructed.

In addition, blue light services will be present with vehicles and crews to talk about their work on the front line. There will also be live music and activities for children.

The Open Day will be held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, July 22. Parking will be free.