HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Bradford Royal Infirmary’s new £28m hospital wing.
The multi-million pound investment, which took two years to build, houses two spacious children and young people’s wards, a state-of-the-art, 16-bed intensive care unit (ICU), dementia-friendly wards for the elderly and a new retail concourse.
The main entrance at the front of the BRI has also had a major overhaul with a new reception area and new Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) and Bereavement Centre. An accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital has also been created, ensuring improved disabled access as well as 35 disabled car parking spaces.
Her Royal Highness was formally accompanied on her tour of the new wing by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chairperson, Professor Bill McCarthy and chief executive, Professor Clive Kay. The BRI is one of two acute hospitals and four community hospitals which form part of the Foundation Trust.
Professor Kay said: “We were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness to the Bradford Royal Infirmary so that she could see for herself the world-class facilities which we have brought to the city.
“Enhancing the healing environment for our patients and enriching the working conditions of our staff is absolutely critical to us here at the Foundation Trust.
“Modernising our hospital estate and reinvesting money to improve our services for our patients, their families and carers, which future-proofs hospital services against the anticipated population increases, shows our commitment to deliver the best possible patient experience and care that we can.”
This exciting development is part of the Foundation Trust’s £75m investment to improving patient care in its hospitals over the next five years.
During her visit Her Royal Highness met with patients, their carers and staff on all of the new wards.
At the end of her tour, The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit, which will take pride of place in the new retail concourse, also part of the new wing, which features well-known High Street brands (shop, coffee bar and restaurant) as well as an information centre for visitors.
New ambassador of Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity, Hassan Nazir, 24, who as a child spent many months on the old BRI children’s wards to receive treatment for congenital muscular dystrophy, was intrinsically involved in the new paediatric ward designs and presented Her Royal Highness with a posy. Hassan also worked alongside consultant paediatrician, Beccy Bardgett, who as a chairperson of Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity, helped with many other fundraisers to raise more than £250,000 to bring enhancements, toys and equipment to the new hospital wing’s children’s wards.