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Olympic rider Zara Phillips has opened Stroud Maternity Unit, after a major makeover.

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Zara Philips arrives to open maternity unit

Zara Philips arrives at Stroud Maternity Unit. Credit: ITV News West Country

Olympic rider Zara Phillips has opened Stroud Maternity Unit, after a major makeover.

The hospital, which was saved from closure in 2006 after a hard-fought campaign, is celebrating its 60th birthday during 2013.

It now boasts three new en-suite birthing rooms and staff hope it will encourage more mothers-to-be to choose the unit.

Zara Philips to open Stroud Maternity Unit

Zara Philips is expecting a baby with her rugby husband Mike Tindall. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

Olympic rider Zara Phillips is due to open Stroud Maternity Unit on Friday, after a major makeover.

The hospital, which was saved from closure in 2006 after a hard-fought campaign, is celebrating its 60th birthday during 2013.

It now boasts three new en-suite birthing rooms and staff hope it will encourage more mothers-to-be to choose the unit.

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