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Bradford Royal Infirmary’s new £28 million, state-of-the-art wing is set to welcome a very special VIP visitor.

HRH The Princess Royal will visit BRI, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Wednesday, 28 June 2017.

Tour new wing

Her Royal Highness will officially open and tour the new wing, which has taken more than a year to build and houses new children’s wards, dementia-friendly wards for the elderly and an innovative and state-of-the-art intensive care unit (ICU), all of which have been designed to deliver the best possible patient experience and care.

The Princess will also unveil a plaque commemorating her visit, which will take pride of place in the new retail concourse, also part of the new wing, which features a shop, coffee bar and restaurant and an information centre for visitors.

Chief Executive, Professor Clive Kay, who will formally welcome The Princess said: “'We are delighted that Her Royal Highness has chosen to visit and officially open our new hospital wing and our staff are very much looking forward to meeting her to showcase our new wing and the modern facilities it houses.

Services for patients

“Her Royal Highness will get the opportunity to see for herself how the new wards and our ICU have been designed with patients at the very heart and how we are absolutely committed to modernising our hospital estate and reinvesting money to improve our services for our patients, their families and carers.”

The Princess Royal is no stranger to BRI. In January, 2013, she visited the hospital to help mark the success of the Project SEARCH employment project, which empowers young people with learning disabilities to find work, and in May last year, in her role as Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), she toured the midwife-led Birth Centre, the consultant-led labour ward, and the Snowdrop Bereavement Suite, where she chatted to staff and mothers to hear about their experiences of birth.

NHS staff and dignitaries will accompany Her Royal Highness on her visit next month. Specific timings will be released on the day of the visit.