The Prince of Wales meets patient Alwyn Brown, 89, at Tetbury Hospital
The Prince of Wales visited his local small community hospital in Tetbury today in his capacity as Patron of Friends of Tetbury Hospital, which raises funds to support it.
His Royal Highness opened the newly upgraded X-Ray unit. It took the Friends of Tetbury hospital around 12 months to raise the £108,600 needed.
The hospital gets money from the NHS for the patients, but it fundraises for equipment and maintenance. The hospital was saved from closer back in the early 1990s by local supporters who raised £1,000,000 to purchase the hospital.
During his tour of the hospital today, The Prince spoke of his visit to the hospital many years ago, when he cut off the top of one of his fingers while staking trees at Highgrove.
The Prince said that the hospital at that time was unable to do the necessary surgery, but he was referred to Swindon. Wendy Hadfield, Manager of the Minor Injuries unit, explained that the hospital had come a long way since then and could now easily deal with the problem.
Wendy showed The Prince some of the new equipment that the hospital is using and spoke of her forthcoming marathon run in support of the small community hospital which is around five miles away from The Prince of Wales’s home Highgrove.
His Royal Highness also met Hettie Niblett who has worked at the hospital as a Healthcare Assistant for nearly 40 years.
During the opening The Prince said: “I have to admire the work done by the team here, it’s a very special personalised service here as everyone gets to know you”
His Royal Highness also met Susan Dennis from Kemble who had undergone minor skin surgery during the morning. Susan met The Prince in 1987 when she worked at the hospital as a Physiotherapist.
The Prince of Wales meets staff at Tetbury Hospital