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New Royal Papworth Hospital welcomes first patients

After an epic operation, the heart of Royal Papworth Hospital's new building began beating today as it welcomed its first patients.

For the last century, the village of Papworth Everard has been the home of the pioneering site known for its heart and lung transplants.

But after a decade's planning and years building, the new £165m hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus has reached a vital stage in its phased move.

David Jenkins performs one of the first surgeries Credit: ITV News Anglia

Among the operations being perform on the very first day patients were admitted to the site was a cardiac procedure carried out by surgeon David Jenkins.

He got to use one of six new operating theatres.

Meanwhile patient Michael Badcock, from Soham, was the first person to try out one of the new cath labs.

Michael Badcock was impressed with his visit to Royal Papworth Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This is fabulous, this building is. It's ginormous. You'd get lost in here! "My dad died of heart problems. He might have used a few years long if this had been about.

– Michael Badcock, patient

There are also more than two thousand rooms and lots of state of the art equipment.

"The hospital is the people not just the building. What we have done is move our people and our culture. They already do great work in the old place, they are now just going to do great work in a new place a better setting.

"We will be able to do more, be able to be more efficient, the patients will have a better place to stay and facilities are better, but the work we do is still fantastic and that should continue."

– John Wallwork, Chairman, Royal Papworth Hospita

The move will continue for another week before the historic doors of the old Papworth Hospital close for the final time.