(Written for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Grapevine Staff Magazine (Issue 16, July 2011)
On Wednesday, May 4th, the Royal Cornwall Hospital welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra to the site to officially open the recently completed Headland Unit.
First though, the Princess made a return visit to the Mermaid Centre, which she opened in 1998. There she was introduced to the latest advancements in breast screening equipment the centre has to offer. This sees the purchase of two new mobile units and installation of three static screening units. Her Royal Highness also met with members of staff, patients, Mermaid Appeal trustees and contractors at the centre.
The princess was later welcomed by Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital at the new Friends Garden. The project was created with the support of Lady Falmouth’s family to the enormous contribution she made to ensure Friends took part through the fundraising and volunteering for the benefit of the hospital, staff and patients.
Before her departure, Her Royal Highness officially opened the Headland chemotherapy and specialist haematology treatment unit, where a plaque was unveiled. Whilst there, she met with patients, staff and representatives from local charity Tanya’s Courage.
Sarah Caskey, Unit Manager at Headland said: “Her Royal Highness praised us all for the quality of treatment our patients are receiving. She really acknowledged them all and asked many questions about their treatment. Many patients were excited about her visit.”
The Headland Day Treatment Centre was designed by a multi-disciplinary group including patients, nurses and medical staff. The design offers vibrant colours and a room specifically designed for young adults and is equipped with widescreen TV’s, Wiis and well stocked fridges of confectionary and soft drinks kindly supplied by Tanya’s Courage.