Princess Eugenie of York, Patron of the RNOH Charity’s Redevelopment Appeal, visited the hospital on Wednesday to formally open its new state-of-the-art Children’s High Dependency Unit.
“It’s wonderful to come back and see the new Unit, and the fantastic work the RNOH Charity has done,” The Princess commented via The Duke of York’s Twitter.
In 2002, The Duke of York’s daughter underwent surgery to correct scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). She is now a patron of the hospital’s charity redevelopment appeal.
“I am delighted to be here as Patron of the RNOH Redevelopment Appeal and to officially open this impressive Children’s High Dependency Unit. I am sure it will greatly enhance the care and experience of the hospital’s young patients and their families,” Eugenie commented on the RNOH website.
The new unit will care for over 400 children a year and is underwritten by the appeal. It will permit parents to sleep at their child’s bedside during their time in hospital.
Eugenie was given a personal tour of the CHDU today by her consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Jan Lehovsky. She also met with David Holmes the RNOH Appeal Ambassador as well as hospital staff, patients and their families in the official opening of the unit.
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“Going into hospital is nerve-wracking for any child; I can still vividly remember how nervous I felt in the days and weeks leading up to my operation. Anything that can be done to ease these worries and make the environment better for patients is to be welcomed. This purpose-built unit will enable specialist teams to concentrate on improving the condition of their patients so that they can return to the ward after their operation as soon as possible,” the Princess commented.
Today she also used the occasion to reveal that later this year construction will begin on the new family accommodation unit for which she has personally raised £10,000.