Prince Charles paid a visit to his local small community hospital in Tetbury Friday in his capacity as Patron of Friends of Tetbury Hospital, which raises funds to maintain it.
The Prince opened the recently upgraded X-Ray unit. The £108,600 needed for the upgrade took Friends of Tetbury hospital around 12 months to raise.
The hospital receives money from the NHS for the patients, but it seeks donations for equipment and maintenance. The hospital was protected from closing in the early 1990s by local supporters who allocated £1,000,000 to acquire the hospital.
During the opening Charles said: “I have to admire the work done by the team here, it’s a very special personalised service here as everyone gets to know you.”
During his tour of the hospital Friday, Charles talked of his visit to the hospital years ago, when he cut off the top of one of his fingers whilst staking trees at his Highgrove home.
Charles noted at the time the hospital was not equipped to conduct the necessary surgery, and referred to Swindon. Manager of the Minor Injuries unit, Wendy Hadfield noted this was no longer the case, and the hospital is ready nd able to handle a variety of cases.
Prince Charles viewed some of the new equipment used at the hospital. He also mentioned the upcoming marathon supporting the community hospital which takes place approximately five miles away from his Highgrove home.
Tetbury is a tiny town and civil parish in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire. It occupies the site of an ancient hill fort, on which an Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded in 681.
Tetbury is known for its Royal associations. Highgrove, home of Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall is located just outside Tetbury. Gatcombe Park, home of the Princess Royal is also nearby. Nearby Chalford houses the remarkable Nether Lypiatt House, which was once the residence of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
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