Princess Alexandra officially opens £15.1 million building

Release Date: 21/07/2017

Princess Alexandra officially opens £15.1 million building

A £15.1 million building at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital was officially opened today by HRH Princess Alexandra.

The Princess was in Shropshire for an official Royal visit that saw her unveil a plaque marking the opening of the state-of-the-art theatre and oncology building. She was greeted by dozens of enthusiastic staff, patients and visitors.

As part of the visit, she also presented the inaugural Dame Agnes Hunt Nursing Medal to Sister Glenna Hardy, a Nurse Practitioner in the hospital’s Pre-Operative Assessment Unit, and unveiled a special sculpture paying tribute to Percy, a peacock who resided in the hospital grounds for over 20 years.

The visit was six years to the day since Princess Alexandra last visited RJAH, when she came as part of celebrations to mark the 50-year anniversary of the Oswestry-based hospital’s League of Friends.

Frank Collins, Chairman, said: “It was an honour to welcome HRH Princess Alexandra to our Trust and to have her officially unveil our theatre and oncology building.

“This building represents a significant investment in our future, and the feedback we have had from patients since it first came into use has been extremely positive.

“We now have facilities fit for the 21st century, which is no less than our patients, and indeed our staff, deserve.”

The new development houses the Baschurch Day Unit, which is the first port of call for most patients when they arrive for surgery.

It also includes the 10-bedded Oswald Ward, Montgomery Outpatients (where the hospital’s Tumour Unit team is based), a High Dependency Unit (HDU) and four state-of-the-art operating theatres.

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive, said: “We were able to take Her Royal Highness into the Baschurch Day Unit and up to our Oswald Ward and show the impact these facilities are making.

“She also met with staff from across the Trust. It was a great day that everyone enjoyed, and we would like to thank the Princess for taking the time to visit.

Bev Tabernacle, Director of Nursing, added: “We always knew this building was going to make such a massive difference to the patient experience, and that has proved to be the case.

“I have to say it exceeded our already high expectations. The environment is just world class, and it was wonderful to be able to welcome a Royal visitor for its official opening.”



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