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Tewkesbury Hospital is set to be honoured with a visit from HRH The Princess Royal to mark its official opening.

The purpose-built hospital will play host to The Princess Royal, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, for an official opening ceremony on Wednesday, January 28 2015.

Ingrid Barker, Chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust which runs the hospital, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming The Princess Royal to mark the opening of our hospital in Tewkesbury, which has been providing a first class service since its completion.”

The Princess Royal will tour the hospital with Matron Julie Ellery, meeting ward staff, volunteers, patients and members of the hospital’s League of Friends and unveil a plaque commemorating the visit.

Julie said: “Everyone here is very excited and looking forward to the visit. I have a great team here and we are all proud to be serving the people of Tewkesbury from this fantastic hospital.

"They do a brilliant job, and being able to do that in a high quality building gives you a dignified and professional feeling – which, I’m sure, will be evident on the day. Throughout the time we have been open, we have steadily increased the number and variety of outpatients clinics to provide a greater range of services for the town, as well as developing new services for inpatients such as reminiscence and exercise groups.

"We now have a mobile chemotherapy service provided by the charity, Hope for Tomorrow, in conjunction with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – which was the first of its kind in the world – and which is a great addition to the hospital.”