Speakers at the drive-in patient school, all from Aarhus University Hospital, included (from left): Lars Stolle, chief physician, Plastic and Breast Surgery, who served as emcee; Emir Hasan Begogic, staff specialist, Skin and Venereal Disease; Henrik Lorentsen, chief physician, Skin and Venereal Disease, and Anne Sophie Koch Sorensen, clinical coordinator and a nurse in Plastic and Breast Surgery. (Photo by Tonny Foghmar)
The BMS team and physicians at the hospital collaborated and together, they came up with the innovative idea of a “drive-in school” that could accommodate a large number of patients while following social distancing guidelines. They reached out to the local municipality for approval to use a large parking space in the center of the city that would be transformed into a drive-in, complete with a stage and large screen.
Working for patients
The response to the program was overwhelmingly positive. Just as if they were heading to the movies, carloads of patients and their families drove in and tuned their car radios to a designated station. As live presentations were broadcast over the radio, they also saw the event unfold on the screen. It followed a talk-show format, with a surgeon from the hospital serving as emcee.
“This was a first for all of us, and a very captivating way to convey information,” said Ravn. The event was so unique, in fact, that it received prime time coverage on national television.
“Even though they were unable to meet face to face with each other and the presenters, patients and their families were very pleased with the drive-in ‘school.’ It was a rewarding moment for all of us on the team when we saw so many of the patients we work for each and every day attend the event,” Ravn added.
Said Anders Thelborg, general manager, Denmark, “We were pleased to see this drive-in concept very successfully and effectively engage with large numbers of patients.”