It has been announced that The Princess Royal is to officially open Worcester’s new oncolocy centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in April this year.
The new £22.5 million centre is the result of four years hard work by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The new oncology centre was finally opened for patients last month.
The trust’s chairman Harry Turner said: “We are honoured that HRH The Princess Royal has chosen to visit the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”
“The new oncology centre is a major development for patients in Worcestershire whilst the birth centre will give mums-to-be the choice of having their baby in a unit run by midwives.”
During her visit The Queen’s daughter will also visit the new Meadow Birth Centre, which is due to open at the end of March. Here Her Royal Highness will meet patients and staff.
The oncology centre was developed in partnership with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. The multi-million pound venture now means 95 per cent of cancer patients in the county can instead be treated close to home instead of having to travel to another county in Cheltenham or Wolverhampton.
The new centre has not yet been fully finished. Plans to move a chemotherapy suite, clinics and an acute oncology emergency assessment bay from the Royal Worcestershire Hospital have been given approved. It is expected the move will be complete by spring 2016.
The new Meadow Birth Centre will have four birthing rooms and are expected to deliver up to 1,000 babies every year to women who have not experienced complications and are deemed ‘low risk’.
The Royal Worcestershire Hospital has nine operating theatres, 500 beds and serves a population of more than 550,000.
The Princess Royal has visited Worcester on some occasions before, most recently in 2012 when she visited young people’s charity YSS.