RJAH preparing for Royal visitor

Release Date: 10/07/2017

RJAH preparing for Royal visitor

HRH Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, will visit The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) later this month for an official Royal engagement.

The Princess, who is a cousin of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, will arrive at the Oswestry-based hospital on the afternoon of Friday 21 July for a visit that will involve:

  • Officially opening our £15.1 million Theatre and Oncology building
  • Presenting the inaugural Dame Agnes Hunt Nursing Medal
  • Unveiling a sculpture in tribute to Percy the Peacock, the popular hospital resident who passed away at the start of this year

Her visit comes six years to the day since she was last at RJAH, having come in 2011 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for our League of Friends.

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive of RJAH, said: “We are delighted and honoured at the prospect of welcoming Princess Alexandra to our hospital.

“She will have a busy schedule that will start with the official opening of our Theatre and Oncology building.

“It’s a building that has transformed our hospital since it first opened its doors to patients last summer, so we are so pleased that it will now get a Royal seal of approval.

“It is also pleasing that Princess Alexandra has agreed to make the presentation of the Dame Agnes Hunt Nursing Medal. This is a new award that will recognise the extraordinary contribution to their profession by one member of our team, and it is our intention that it will become an annual award.”

Mark added: “The visit will conclude with the unveiling of a sculpture which will help us remember Percy the Peacock.

“I think for many people this will be the highlight of the day. Percy was held in such affection here by staff, patients and visitors alike for more than two decades. We are so grateful to the British Ironwork Centre, and artist Luke Kite especially, for creating a fitting tribute to him.”

Frank Collins, Trust Chairman, said: “A Royal visit is always a special occasion, and this will be the first one I have had the pleasure of taking part in since taking up my position at RJAH.

“We very much look forward to welcoming Princess Alexandra to our hospital and giving her a flavour of the remarkable work that takes place within these walls.”

Pictured: HRH Princess Alexandra unveils a plaque during her last visit to The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital on 21 July 2011.

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