Princess Alexandra Hospital marks 55 years of caring for patients across East Herts and West Essex

Princess Alexandra Medical center in Harlow marked its fifty fifth birthday on Monday (April 27) – and far more than 50 percent a century of caring for people across East Herts and West Essex.

The formal opening ceremony in 1965 was attended by the Queen’s cousin, who gave her name to the Hamstel Road facilities – Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Girl Ogilvy.

An account of the formal opening of the hospital, held in its archive, describes the occasion in depth.

The Princess arrived by helicopter at Harlow heliport on Tuesday, April 27, 1965, in particularly dark and soaked temperature. Images: George Taylor (34043945)

“The Princess… arrived by helicopter at Harlow Heliport on Tuesday, April 27, 1965, in particularly dark and soaked temperature. From in this article she was taken by car to the soon to be opened hospital which was to be named just after her (a well-kept magic formula at the time).

“During this car journey, she was fulfilled by some one,five hundred persons, largely young children, along Second and Third Avenue, established to endure the temperature for a short glimpse of the Princess.

“By the time she arrived at the hospital in the early afternoon, the sun begun to split by means of the clouds and the marquee occasion was flush with 600 attendees completely ready to fulfill the Princess and formally open the hospital.

The fact that the soon-to-be-opened hospital was to be named after Princess Alexandra was a well-kept secret at the time. Pictures: George Taylor (34043928)
The reality that the soon-to-be-opened hospital was to be named just after Princess Alexandra was a well-kept magic formula at the time. Images: George Taylor (34043928)

“After providing an address to the attendees, she was introduced to the entrance doorway of the hospital and provided the important by Mr S E T Cusdin, architect for the hospital.”

It continues: “A cheer was listened to in the course of the group and just after a short interlude persons started to enter the constructing. Right after unveiling a ceremonial plaque for Princess Alexandra Medical center, she went on a tour of the facilities with an entourage of medical doctors and nurses to welcome her.”

The pay a visit to was so well known that some people “gatecrashed” the invitation-only occasion to catch a glimpse of the 28-12 months-previous royal.

She returned in September 1998 to officially open the new CT (computed tomography) scanner suite in the X-ray department.

The princess went on a tour of the facilities with an entourage of doctors and nurses to welcome her. Pictures: George Taylor (34043932)
The princess went on a tour of the facilities with an entourage of medical doctors and nurses to welcome her. Images: George Taylor (34043932)

The radiology department at PAH carried out 32,236 CT investigations in 2019. The hospital is to obtain £447,000 from the Govt for a new state-of-the-art CT scanner, to be set up this 12 months. This will support early analysis of most cancers for people.

The hospital was founded as the Princess Alexandra Medical center NHS Have confidence in in April 1995, giving solutions in Harlow, at Herts and Essex Medical center in Bishop’s Stortford and St Margaret’s Medical center in Epping.

In the a long time because the hospital 1st opened, it has undergone modernisation and improvement, which includes latest additions such as the Charnley Ward and renovation of Ray Ward. It has 414 typical and acute beds, a 24/seven unexpected emergency department, an intensive treatment device (ICU), a maternity device and a neonatal intensive treatment device (NICU).

Princess Alexandra chats to a young patient. Pictures: George Taylor (34043930)
Princess Alexandra chats to a youthful affected person. Images: George Taylor (34043930)

The trust’s three,five hundred personnel provide a core inhabitants of about 350,000 persons in West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

In October 2019, two months ahead of the General Election, the Conservative Govt declared that PAHT was to obtain funding to create a new hospital in Harlow. Particulars about the funding and timeframe are remaining finalised and PAHT is finishing its business case for the new hospital.

Princess Alexandra talks to local Scouts who lined up to greet the 28-year-old royal. Pictures: George Taylor (34043943)
Princess Alexandra talks to neighborhood Scouts who lined up to greet the 28-12 months-previous royal. Images: George Taylor (34043943)

Main executive Lance McCarthy stated: “The hospital is marking its fifty fifth anniversary as we regulate the requires of coronavirus (Covid-19) and, as at any time, our amazing persons are in this article to offer superior-high-quality treatment and treatment for the persons of West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

“While the visual appeal of the hospital may possibly have improved, the professionalism and compassion of our PAHT persons more than the a long time is a regular.

“We have viewed an outpouring of support for our hospital, with very generous fundraising, items and sort terms for our teams for the duration of this time.

“We hope you will join us in reflecting on the essential purpose of PAHT in our neighborhood and in providing your thanks to our colleagues for their hard get the job done and perseverance.

“While coronavirus continues to be at the forefront of the nationwide consciousness, we are also looking to the potential. We keep on to development our options and I’m delighted to be performing in the direction of a new hospital for Harlow to provide our neighborhood, the up coming chapter in the story of the Princess Alexandra Medical center.”