Based in the heart of Tooting, St George’s Hospital and University have a shared history dating back nearly 300 years. We are delighted to be opening our doors again for this year’s open day on Saturday 13th October 2012, where people of all ages can come and learn more about our work.

The day will run from 10.00 to 15.00hrs and is free to attend. Visitors will be able to explore the work of a number of hospital specialist departments including CT-scanning and robotic surgery while guided tours will trace the history of St George’s and its famous pioneers of medicine, such as Edward Jenner.

Inquisitive minds will have the chance to speak with university researchers about their pioneering projects into new medicines and treatment. While the university course recruitment team will be on hand to provide information about healthcare and medical education and career opportunities. The day will also offer a variety of family friendly activities and opportunities for people of all ages to try their hand at clinical skills.

Family activities

  • Face painting
  • Balloon modelling
  • Explore emergency vehicles, including a police car and fire engine
  • Dance workshops

Lots to learn

  • Discover St George’s research with interactive science exhibits
  • Find out about careers in healthcare and medicine
  • Visit an operating theatre
  • Learn how modern scanning produces 3D images of the inside of the body
  • Be part of our future by becoming a member of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Take a step back in time with our history tour
  • Visit the Ronald McDonald house – accommodating families of critically ill children
  • Try out your surgical skills in the simulation unit


Stands will be located on the ground floor of Grosvenor and Hunter Wings and in Ingredients restaurant, first floor, Lanesborough Wing:

Acute pain team Find out more about the service this department provides
Alcohol liaison team Learn more about the effects of alcohol, healthy options and alternatives and find out about the work of St George’s alcohol liaison team
Arts St George’s Learn more about the artwork displayed at St George’s, and buy greeting cards based on some of the designs
Bandage like a professional Student nurses show you how to bandage like a professional
Cancer services Find out all you need to know about cancer, including information and advice on screening, financial services, local support groups and other information on cancer treatment and care at St George’s
Chaplaincy Our chaplaincy service is here for everyone: patients and their visitors, staff, people of faith and those that have no particular faith or belief. Learn more about the work of this service.
Children and families nursing – community services Find out about how health visiting service that nursing community offers and the service provided to children attending Wandsworth schools
Children’s therapies Paediatric care covers far more than hospital-based treatment. Meet the community team, learn more about self-referral to this service and hear top tips for child development.
Chronic Pain Service and Pain Management Programme Meet the Chronic Pain Service and Pain Management Programme team and find out more about the service it provides
Clinical genetics Gain an insight into genetic testing – meet the team behind this service and learn more about its importance.
Clinical nurse specialists for neurosciences Speak to clinical nurse specialists from the neurosciences department who deal with a range of neurological issues, including epilepsy and dementia. 
Clinical Skills Roadshow: Learn about careers and practice your medical skills Ever wondered if you could be a doctor or healthcare professional? Visit this exhibit to try your hand at some professional skills including how to use a stethoscope and take blood pressure. Spend a little more time here to learn about prosthetic limbs and even make your own plaster cast finger! Student Ambassadors will be on hand to discuss what it is like to train towards a career in healthcare and inform you about the activities St George’s, University of London currently runs in your local community.
Cochlear implant programme Discover more about cochlear implants and the importance of the team’s work to the trust.
Course information Find out about foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health and medicine offered at St George’s, University of London. Our student support team will also be on hand to provide information about student finance and support services. Visit the St George’s, University of London website for information about courses and student life
E-Learning: you be the doctor Ever wondered how it feels to sit on the other side of the doctor’s desk? Through a series of questions and videos, this exhibit will guide you through a patient-doctor consultation – with you diagnosing a patient and recommending treatment. The training programs, which are based on real-life case studies, have been developed by the St George’s E-Learning Unit as an aid for medical students. The team will be on hand to guide you through as the scenario unfolds and to answer questions about these interactive tools used by students.
First Touch First Touch supports sick and premature babies at St George’s. Meet the team behind this charity and learn about its work to raise funds for the trust’s neonatal unit
Foundation trust membership St George’s is applying to become a foundation trust. Speak to the team about this exciting change, and find out how you can be part of our future by becoming a member of the trust
Friends of St George’s Hospital Learn more about the Friends and the significance of their work to the trust
G4S patient transport Step inside a patient transport vehicle and learn more about the transport service G4S run
Haemophilia The haemophilia service links in to many others at the trust – from orthopaedics to renal. Increase your awareness of haemophilia and bleeding disorders at this stand.
Infection control Find out about the importance of infection control both within the hospital and the community
Integrated falls and bone health This team run satellite clinics and exercise classes throughout the borough for all Wandsworth GP-registered patients. Learn more about their work.
Integrated sexual health Meet nurses and health advisors from this department. Become more aware of the trust’s sexual health services, and learn more about what is available for patients.
Intermediate care team Meet the team and find out more about their important work in the trust.
Maternity Having your baby at St George’s? Find out more about the services offered to women at the trust
MITIE Find out more about the catering and cleaning services that MITIE provide at St George’s Hospital
Neurosciences CNS team Speak to clinical nurse specialists from the neurosciences department who deal with a range of neurological issues, including epilepsy and dementia.
NHS South West London – Better Services Better Value Learn more about the BSBV consultation and have your say on the proposals
Organ donation Would you like to know more about the benefits of donating your organs? Find out more information on organ donation and sign up to the organ donation register
PALS The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) provides information and support to patients with queries, comments and complaints. Meet the team behind this important service
Pathology Ever wondered about the work that goes on inside a hospital laboratory? Find out more from the pathology team
Patient safety Find out more about the patient safety initiatives that the trust is implementing and share your experiences with our patient safety lead.
Pharming for the future This hands-on exhibit explores Molecular Pharming – the production of vaccines and medicines from genetically modified plants. This technique represents an unprecedented opportunity to tackle some of the major global health challenges that currently face us. But are we ready for it? Find out about the science and the arguments. Find out how to use plants in totally innovative ways. Ask your questions, and make up your own mind. Technology that is too risky, or a benefit for global health that we can’t afford to ignore?
Ronald McDonald House The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation for the families of critically ill children being treated at St George’s. Find out more about the charity behind this service
SGP Find out more about SGP Facilities and Property Management who provide cleaning, estate maintenance and facilities management services in Atkinson Morley Wing, St George’s Hospital.
SITA UK SITA UK is the trust’s total waste management service provider. Find out how the trust diverts general and recyclable waste from the clinical waste generated at the hospital.
South west London Academic and Social Care System Find out how the South West London System is supporting and enabling health and social care professionals to offer the best possible evidence-based services to all residents living in the six south west London boroughs.
St George’s Hospital Charity The fundraising team for St George’s Hospital will tell you more about the projects they have helped contribute towards, as well as provide information about the charity
St George’s Kidney Patient Association Meet members of the group for renal patients of St George’s and discover how organ donation can help save lives
Stop smoking service Get advice and help on how to quit smoking
Stroke services Find out how to identify the symptoms of a stroke and the importance of emergency hospital treatment for both major and minor strokes
TB services/chest clinic Learn about the signs, symptoms and help available for TB and find out about the work of the TB nurses team and the chest clinic
The Hotung Centre: What’s the point of joints Find out more about care for rheumatic disorders and how research at St George’s is helping to advance treatment for arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases, which affect the body’s muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Information about current clinical trials at the St George’s specialist Hotung Centre and how you can get involved will be on hand. You will also be able to try out current therapies, including a Swiss ball and specialist bandages, as well as practice your accuracy skills on injection models of the shoulder, spine, and wrist – the lights will go on if you get it right!
The human anatomy Ever wondered which organ is your largest? Or how we see and hear? Find out these facts and many others at the Human Anatomy exhibit!
Transition Town Tooting Find out more about this local voluntary group which focuses on the community and reducing carbon consumption. Get involved with some hands-on activities and develop your understanding of community wellbeing.
Voluntary services Interested in becoming a volunteer? Visit the volunteers stand to learn about this important team and the help they provide to staff and patients across the trust
Wandsworth Libraries Meet and speak with a Wandsworth community librarian. Discover more about your local libraries and how you can make the most of the services they offer.

Hospital tours

Visitors can book on the following tours (all tours last approx. 30 minutes):

  • Visit a modern operating theatre – at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30 and 14.30 [Fully booked]
  • Learn how the CT scanner produces 3D images of the inside of the human body – at 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 13:45 and 14:30 [Fully booked]
  • Visit our simulation unit and try out your surgical skills – at 10.30, 11.30 and 13.00 [Fully booked]
  • Trace the history of St George’s and its famous pioneers of medicine, such as Edward Jenner at 11.00 and 13.30 (please be aware that this tour lasts for approximately 90 minutes)
  • Visit the Ronald McDonald house – accommodating families of critically ill children being treated at St George’s Hospital – at 10.15, 12.15, 13.15 and 14.15

Places on the tours are limited and pre-booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made by emailing or calling 020 8725 5151. Please provide the names of the people you are booking for. Bookings may be made on the day, subject to availability, in the transport lounge of Grosvenor Wing. This is also the meeting point for all tours.

Places to eat

The Ingredients restaurant and M&S Simply Food will be open for visitors to purchase food and refreshments.