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Royal visit to Scarborough Hospital

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has paid a visit to Scarborough Hospital to see first hand how the NHS has risen to the challenges of the past few months and to thank staff.

Since the start of the pandemic, Scarborough Hospital has cared for 319 patients with Covid-19 across a total of five wards which at the height of the outbreak were turned into Covid wards in order to provide the right care and keep patients safe. This saw many staff redeployed from their normal duties, quickly adopting new skills to support Covid patients.

Princess Royal visits Scarborough Hospital, here she meets ward staff

Her Royal Highness was met by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs. Johanna Ropner, Dr Ed Smith, Clinical Director at Scarborough Hospital and Susan Symington, Chair of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

During the visit The Princess Royal conducted the official opening of the Willow Eye Unit where Her Royal Highness heard how the new unit had seen significant investment in brand new diagnostic equipment and clinical, nursing and technical staff which has allowed services to expand to meet the demand of the local population.

Princess Royal visits Scarborough Hospital, here she unveils a plaque for the new Willow Eye Unit

The Princess Royal also visited the PPE store which was key to managing the stocks of PPE during the height of the pandemic. 

Visiting the Postgraduate Centre, Her Royal Highness met with a wide range of staff including doctors and nurses from the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit and the Covid wards. In addition, the Princess met staff from a wide number of services and professions including porters and domestic staff, all of whom have played a crucial role in providing care for patients with Covid-19.

 Princess Royal visits Scarborough Hospital, here she meets staff from Beech Ward Princess Royal visits Scarborough Hospital, here she talks with staff while touring the building

Dr Ed Smith said: “It has been an honour to welcome The Princess Royal to Scarborough to meet our teams of staff and to recognise their efforts in response to the Covid pandemic. I am very proud of the contribution all our colleagues have made, and continue to make, as we battle to contain the virus and the visit today will help to strengthen our resolve as we enter what is undoubtedly going to be a challenging winter period.”

Susan Symington, Chair of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted to welcome The Princess Royal to Scarborough Hospital. Our staff have experienced the most challenging year in their NHS career so far and this visit from Her Royal Highness has provided an enormous boost to morale.”

Princess Royal visits Scarborough Hospital, here she is having an outdoor tour Princess Royal visits Scarborough Hospital, here she meets a patient

20 October 2020

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During the visit The Princess Royal conducted the official opening of the Willow Eye Unit where Her Royal Highness heard how the new unit had seen significant investment in brand new diagnostic equipment and clinical, nursing and technical staff which has allowed services to expand to meet the demand of the local population.

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