Royal opening for new St Cross rehab centre

Princess Alexandra (right) with volunteer Mary Lock
Princess Alexandra (right) with volunteer Mary Lock

A cousin of the Queen has officially opened the new Diamond Jubilee Rehabilitation Centre at the Hospital of St Cross.

The major project has involved the reorganisation of inpatient rehab services at the Barby Road site.

It has involved the move of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit into a new area, leading to the creation of a new therapy gym attached to both a relocated Mulberry Rehabilitation Ward and Oak Rehabilitation Ward. In addition, a new day hospital and activities area has been introduced.

Princess Alexendra spoke with staff and patients who use the facilities when she visited last week. Her Royal Highness also spent time speaking with members of the Friends of the Hospital of St Cross and UHCW Charity, whose donations have enabled the project to take place.

At the end of the tour, Princess Alexandra unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion and was presented with a posy by Mary Lock. Mary, 91, was chosen as she is the oldest serving volunteer and has been an integral part of the Friends team for over 17 years.

Andy Meehan, chair of University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, which runs St Cross, said: “Today’s visit by Princess Alexandra is a glowing tribute to the extreme hard work of the Friends of St Cross and UHCW Charity. I know I speak on behalf of all the staff when I say that the Hospital of St Cross is a fitting recipient for a royal visit. This is truly a memorable occasion.”

Juliet Starkey, group manager at the Hospital of St Cross, said: “To have an official royal opening is an amazing seal of approval for the great work of both the staff and charitable organisations that have created this project. The rehabilitation centre will greatly benefit the patients who use this and is another example of the recent improvements that have been made to the hospital.”