Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital is officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Four years since the plans for a new Nuffield Health Hospital were submitted to Cambridge City Council planners for their approval, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has officially opened the £30 million hospital building in Trumpington Road.

Greeted and welcomed on his arrival by Hospital Director Maxine Estop, The Duke met senior members of the Nuffield Health team before visiting parts of the hospital to meet staff and patients.

The hospital has been open to patients for several months and has already treated hundreds of people from across Cambridgeshire. The hospital features state-of-the-art operating theatres and clinical facilities offering services such as orthopaedics, oncology, general surgery, urology, audiology, ENT and specialist paediatric services. These services are also backed by the latest diagnostic imaging facilities including on-site MRI and CT scanning.

The Duke met and spoke to patients in the five bed Oncology Day Unit, one of the departments for which the hospital is well known for its excellence. The Duke has an interest in Cancer Research, being Joint President at Cancer Research UK.

The Duke also visited the 34 bedroom ward for inpatients, named The Evelyn Ward and there he met Amy Agnew, the great-great-granddaughter of the founder of the original nursing home on the site: The Evelyn. The ward name, linking the old and the new, is appreciated by Cambridge patients and by the 160 staff who remember with affection the original hospital.

Returning to the reception area, His Royal Highness unveiled the plaque commemorating his visit and official opening of the Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital, in front of staff and invited guests. The commemorative plaque will now be mounted permanently in the reception area.

Last updated Sunday 25 September 2016

First published on Sunday 25 September 2016