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Princess Beatrice opens state-of-the-art body scanner at Edinburgh hospital

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art body scanner at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh on Wednesday, which will improve the treatment of cancer in young children.


The Princess has slowly been increasing her focus on charity causes recently, with an appearance at the Virgin STRIVE challenge earlier this month and has previously visited the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC). She accepted the role as Royal Patron for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation in 2013, and the new scanner at the RHSC is the result of a £500,000 donation from the Foundation.

The machine will allow doctors to detect cancer movement and see cancers in more detail which, as a result, provides the opportunity to offer a more comprehensive diagnosis and efficient treatment.

Alongside the staff of the hospital, the Princess also met some of the young patients who will experience the scanner’s capabilities first-hand. One of the patients, 11 year-old Emily Irving has been receiving treatment for a number of years for Neuroblastoma; a cancer which arises in childhood and spreads from the nervous system.

Emily’s carer, Elaine McGill, said:

“Emily has to have the treatment every year so it is really important the process isn’t scary and it’s a nice environment. The new scanner and room is a massive improvement on what was here before, it makes you forget what the function of the room is.’

Sharing a photo on Twitter, Her Royal Highness wrote on Wednesday: “Great visit today to Edinburgh and The Royal Hospital for Sick Children. So proud to see their incredible work!”

As sixth in the Line of Succession, Princess Beatrice makes few royal engagements compared to her father The Duke of York and a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said there is no change in Beatrice’s role, stating: “The Princess has a full-time job in the business sector and occasionally carries out engagements in support of The Queen and The Duke of York as requested.”

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