Royalty officially opened the new Stanmore Building at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).
HRH The Duke of York and Princess Eugenie of York unveiled a plaque in the £50million building, which fuses the latest architectural design and health technology with contemporary art to produce a stunning and unique environment for patients and staff.
Princess Eugenie is a patron of the RNOH Charity’s Redevelopment Appeal, which part funded the building, who in 2002 underwent corrective surgery at the hospital for scoliosis (curvature of the spine).
The Royal Party met with staff and patients during their visit to the new five-storey Stanmore Building, which contains wards and therapy units for 119 inpatients, and replaces many of the old and severely outdated ward units that date back as far as The Second World War.
HRH The Duke of York said: “To be able to come here today and see this new building has been such a pleasure. The patient care that Eugenie received when she was here was brilliant and she is a testament to that.
“Being able to visit this new Stanmore Building and to see everyone working together to produce outstanding clinical outcomes is absolutely brilliant and I would like to wish you all every success. Thank you for all that you do and thank you to the people who have, over the last 40 years, brought the RNOH to where we are today. This is an outstanding addition to the world of the NHS.”
Speaking during her visit, Princess Eugenie said: “It is such an honour to be here today, I feel like my bones and my blood are a part of this building.
“I learnt on this visit today that we all share in something with this building because we care, and so to us it is very important that we are here opening this new building and that Jack, as my newly married husband on his first event has been able to come and see where I had my operation.
“It is such a huge honour and thank you to everyone who has been a part of this because the Stanmore is such a brilliant building and it represents RNOH’s ethos. Today I’m delighted to say that I’m now Patron of the RNOH charity.”