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Behind the scenes at St Thomas'

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City Hospital presenters Ainsley Harriott and Nadia Sawalha were joined by London bombing survivor Gill Hicks to kick off St Thomas' Hospital's open day on Saturday.

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Ainsley Harriott gets the festivities under way

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Fellow City Hospital presenter Nadia Sawalha with her daughter


TV presenter Nadia Sawalha said: "I'm lucky as I often get a behind the scenes look at the hospital and it really is fascinating. Having an open day is such a great opportunity for local people and patients to get a chance to see things they wouldn't normally get to see."


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Gill Hicks speaks about the care she received at St Thomas' after her injuries in the bombings on 7 July 2005

Gill Hicks said: "It's a great honour to be asked to launch the St Thomas' Open Day. I was a patient in the hospital during last year's event and although I couldn't get as involved back then I remember there being a great atmosphere and lots of lively music and entertainment."


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Malinke Rhythm plays traditional West African music by the fountain


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Visitors were able to try their hand at lots of different activities, from finding out what it's like to be a doctor by bandaging limbs and looking inside the body, to learning circus skills.

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