HRH Princess Royal visits Scarborough Hospital
Mon 19th October 2020
THE Princess Royal has visited Scarborough Hospital to see how the NHS has risen to the challenges of the past few months and to thank staff.
Since the start of the pandemic, Scarborough Hospital has cared for 319 patients with Covid-19 across a total of five wards which at the height of the outbreak were turned into Covid wards in order to provide the right care and keep patients safe. This saw many staff redeployed from their normal duties, quickly adopting new skills to support Covid patients.
Princess Anne was met by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Johanna Ropner, Dr Ed Smith, clinical director at Scarborough Hospital and Susan Symington, chairperson of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
During the visit, Princess Anne officially opened the Willow Eye Unit where she heard how the new unit had seen significant investment in brand new diagnostic equipment and clinical, nursing and technical staff which has allowed services to expand to meet the demand of the local population.