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HRH The Princess Royal will officially open the Worcestershire Oncology Centre

The county’s brand new, state-of-the-art Oncology Centre will be officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on Monday 13 April.

During her visit to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital the Princess Royal will also visit the hospital’s new Meadow Birth Centre.

Welcoming the news of the royal visit, Harry Turner, the chairman of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust said: “We are honoured that HRH The Princess Royal has chosen to visit the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The new Oncology Centre is a major development for patients in Worcestershire whilst the birth centre will give mums-to-be the choice of having their baby in a unit run by midwives.”

Developed in partnership with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, the £25 million Worcestershire Oncology Centre will enable 95 per cent of radiotherapy to be delivered within Worcestershire. For patients, their families and their carers, who previously had to travel to Coventry, Cheltenham or Wolverhampton for radiotherapy treatment, cancer services will be more accessible than ever, saving an estimated one million miles of travel every year.

The Meadow Birth Centre is due to open at the end of March. It will have four birthing rooms and up to 1,000 women are expected to give birth in the unit every year. It will be run by experienced midwives and offer a safe place to give birth for ‘low risk’ women who have had no complications or medical problems during their pregnancy.

During her visit to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust HRH The Princess Royal will meet patients and staff.