It’s one of the biggest specialist heathcare units of its kind in England and it’s just been given royal approval. Princess Alexandra has opened the new Urology Centre at Epsom Hospital and been show some of its high tech and groundbreaking facilities.
The Queen’s cousin was in Epsom on Friday and officially inaugurated the centre by unveiling a plaque. The refurbishment of the unit cost around £700,000 to fund and the princess got a chance to meet many of the charity workers who campaigned tirelessly to bring in the money needed. The state of the art centre contains millions of pounds worth of equipment and experts there will treat a wide range of conditions affecting the kidneys, bladder, prostate and reproductive organs.
The hospital already has a reputation for its leading work in treating kidney stones and using keyhole surgery to remove kidneys. During her time at the centre, Princess Alexandra met some of the medical experts who will be continuing and expanding that work.
On her arrival at Epsom Hospital, the princess was met by its Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles who later spoke of how honoured and privileged everyone there had been to welcome Alexandra to Surrey. He said ‘all of the doctors, nurses and other staff who work in the centre, and those who helped build it, are incredibly proud of the new urology unit’ and added ‘we were delighted that Her Royal Highness took the time to hear more about the work that goes on in the centre, and to declare it officially open. It was a very special event for all those involved’.
Princess Alexandra got a chance to meet staff in other parts of the hospital and spent time with the Epsom Hospital League of Friends who raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the new centre. Their secretary, Kim Beevor, presented their royal guest with flowers as her visit came to an end. And after the princess left, to attend another engagement in Surrey, hospital staff expressed their thanks to her for giving this ground breaking centre the royal seal of approval.
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