Queen opens new Royal Papworth Hospital

The Queen formally opened the new Royal Papworth Hospital as part of her day of engagements in Cambridge.

During her visit on Tuesday 9 July, Her Majesty met with staff and patients, as she toured the new building's laboratories and critical care unit. During her visit she also saw some of the state-of-the-art facilities at the world-leading heart and lung hospital. 

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

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

Stephen Posey, chief executive at Royal Papworth, said: "Our move to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus was an incredibly complex project, which was successfully delivered through hard work, dedication and amazing team work.

“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."

Queen Elizabeth was accompanied by The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron of Royal Papworth Hospital.