Princess Kate Middleton officially inaugurated the new Children’s Day Surgery Unit at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital on Tuesday morning. She has been a patron of the hospital since 2018, and the move was in association with her patronage.
The Princess inaugurated the children’s healthcare unit dressed in a stylish suit by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Evelina London is known for its special medical services for children with rare and complex conditions. It reportedly treats approximately 104,000 children annually.
Kate Middleton Is The Patron Of Evelina London Children’s Hospital
The Children’s Day Surgery Unit is an addition to the facility, as it can accommodate an additional 2,300 children each year. The official inauguration of the facility came months after the facility was opened in July.
After the inauguration of the facility, Princess Kate took a tour of the hospital from a child patient’s perspective. Her tour was designed in a way that she would be able to see the child’s journey on the day of surgery.
Princess Kate also took some time to communicate with both staff and patients at the facility during her visit.
About the vibe during Kate’s visit, James O’Brien, who is the director of operations and improvement for Evelina London, told People, “She is clearly a very natural mother, and she was going out of her way to have selfies with not just the children but the parents as well. It was nice for her to sit down and spend some time with them. And she was complimentary about the artwork that was designed by the children in the building.“
What The New State-Of-The-Art Unit Looks Like
The unit is built inside the Children’s Day Treatment Centre at Evelina London. It is specifically built to deal with certain conditions that are commonly found in children, including everything from tonsillitis to minor plastic surgery.
The space also includes two new operating theaters, pre-surgery checks, and recovery areas. An additional aspect of the architecture of this centre is its ceiling art which aims at providing a calming atmosphere for children who have just undergone surgery. It has been made with inputs from staffers as well as the patients at the hospital.
Going forward, Princess Kate will also host her annual Christmas carol concert on Friday. The concert is a part of her ‘Shaping Us’ campaign, which works towards supporting children during their early years.
Later in the day, Princess Kate joined other senior royals, including Prince William, King Charles, and Queen Camilla, at Buckingham Palace for the annual Diplomatic Reception.
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