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Her Royal Highness Princess Royal Officially Open Bristol Heart Institute

24 September 2009

The Princess Royal will officially open the new £61m Bristol Heart Institute (BHI), part of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, on Monday 12 October.

The BHI, which opened to patients in May, brings cardiology and cardiac surgery services under one roof, allowing staff to provide more seamless care for heart patients.  Designed in partnership with patients, staff and the public, the BHI delivers a full range of diagnostic and interventional treatments for heart conditions to the people of Bristol, the South West and beyond.

On arrival, The Princess Royal will be received in the Institutes spectacular galleried atrium by the Trusts Chair John Savage CBE, Chief Executive Dr Graham Rich, and Dr Peter Wilde, Head of the Division of Specialised Services, who will introduce her to Department of Health, NHS and local government representatives.

Her Royal Highness will be given a tour of the building where she will be shown around the catheter laboratories and state of the art hybrid theatre, where surgeons and cardiologists undertake joint procedures.   She will also meet staff and patients on the inpatient cardiac wards.

During her visit a plaque will be unveiled before assembled guests, all of whom have been instrumental in the planning, design and construction of this centre of international excellence.

John Savage, Chair of the Trusts Board of Governors, says:  We are delighted and honoured that the Princess Royal is to open our flagship building.  The Bristol Heart Institute is the largest construction project we have undertaken since the early 1970s.  It brings together the very best in ground breaking research, innovative treatment, gifted and skilled staff in a building designed to aid the healing process.

Dr Peter Wilde, Head of Division, says:  The BHI is a centre of excellence and I am delighted that Her Royal Highness is able to come to Bristol and meet many of our dedicated staff. We will show her innovative and world leading treatments, some developed in our own research facilities, and she will see first-hand the 21st century care we provide to patients in this state of the art facility.


Press contact: Laura Treasure or 0117 342 3718.