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Queen to open Royal Papworth Hospital during Cambridge visit

The Queen will open the new Royal Papworth Hospital on Tuesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia/PA

The Queen will officially open the new Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge on Tuesday.

HM The Queen will meet with staff and patients during her visit, as well as seeing some of the facilities at the heart and lung hospital.

Since its official opening on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in May, more than 9,000 patients have been through the outpatient’s department, and clinicians have carried out more than 2,000 procedures.

The Queen has previously come to the region to visit the NIAB in Cambridge. Credit: NIAB

The visit follows news of the hospital receiving a royal title to become Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2017.

Professor John Wallwork, Chairman of Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It will be a huge honour to welcome Her Majesty to our hospital.

"We are all very excited to show off our fantastic new building and demonstrate the amazing levels of care our patients receive.

“For us it will be lovely for our staff to have the opportunity to meet HM The Queen and explain how the work they do makes such a difference to people’s lives.”

The new hospital welcomed its first patients in May. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“In less than three weeks, we transferred the services and equipment of a world-class hospital to our new home and most importantly ensured our patients were safe and comfortable throughout the move.

“The visit of Her Majesty will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase what we have achieved and we are all very much looking forward to the day.”

– PROFESSOR JOHN WALLWORK, CHAIRMAN OF ROYAL PAPWORTH HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST