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Oxford research featured at royal visit to the John Radcliffe hospital
28 Nov 08
Excellence in patient care, research and teaching were highlighted during the official opening of the new West Wing and Children’s Hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital by Her Majesty The Queen.
In a visit organised jointly by the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust (ORH) and the University of Oxford, the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh met staff, researchers, patients and families.
On arrival, the vice-chancellor, Dr John Hood, and Professor Christopher Kennard, head of the Department of Clinical Neurology, were presented to the Queen along with Sir William Stubbs and Trevor Campbell Davis, chairman and chief executive of the ORH.
The Queen then visited one of the new operating theatres, where Professor Tipu Aziz showed her how research and innovation is making a difference to patients with neurological disorders. The Queen also saw one of the wards in the Children’s Hospital, where she was introduced to staff, patients and their families, and those involved in community fundraising efforts.
Sir William Stubbs, Chairman of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust
The future looks very positive as we enter into a new phase of collaboration with our University partners to provide the best environment for teaching, research and healthcare that will benefit patients.
The Duke of Edinburgh met a set of final-year medical students who, together with Mr Ashok Handa of the Nuffield Department of Surgery, demonstrated the benefits of new teaching technology that allows students to watch remotely as operations are carried out in one of the computer-integrated operating theatres in the West Wing.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh spent time at the end of the tour with NHS staff, University researchers, donors, and invited guests.
‘The services which are now provided in these fine new buildings were once housed in the Radcliffe Infirmary,’ said Sir William. ‘Now the high quality of our clinical care, teaching and research is matched by the environment in which it is provided. The future also looks very positive as we enter into a new phase of collaboration with our University partners and other NHS organisations to provide the very best environment for teaching, research and healthcare that will benefit patients for generations to come.’
The Queen also visited Magdalen College to mark the College's 550th anniversary. It was the culmination of a series of celebrations.
Students and staff entered a ballot to have lunch with The Queen and Prince Philip, resulting in 120 winning entries.