Brookes joins 'royal' celebrations for new children's hospital

Monday, 08 December 2008

Dean of the School of Health and Social Care, June Girvin, represented Oxford Brookes at the official opening of the Oxford Children's Hospital by Her Majesty The Queen.

Dean of the School of Health and Social Care June Girvin, representing Oxford Brookes, was introduced to the Queen at the official opening of the Children’s Hospital and the West Wing of the John Radcliffe Hospital on 27 November.

Commenting afterwards, June said: “It was a lovely surprise to be presented to Her Majesty. The School works very closely with the health trust and they give us tremendous support with our programmes. I was delighted to be part of the celebrations.”

The West Wing and the Children’s Hospital opened in January last year, but the official opening of the West Wing was saved for the Queen’s visit. The £30m children’s hospital was funded with £15m from the NHS, with the remainder of funding raised by the community, aided by an Oxford Mail campaign.

During her tour, the Queen visited the Day Unit on Kamran’s Ward in the Children’s Hospital, where she met staff, patients and their families, and some of those involved in the community fundraising effort, which contributed almost half of the £30 million cost of the building. She then went on to meet Professor Tipu Aziz, Consultant Neurosurgeon, who showed her how research and innovation is making a difference to patients with neuro-degenerative diseases and strokes.

For more information about the visit see the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals website.