Published: 27 April 2020

HRH The Countess of Wessex opens Health Sciences facility

HRH The Countess of Wessex has opened a new Health Sciences institute at the University of Surrey.

Her Royal Highness Sophie Wessex watches paramedic demonstration at University of Surrey

The building is named after Kate Granger MBE, an NHS doctor who spearheaded the #HelloMyNameIs campaign to encourage healthcare staff to establish personal connections with patients.

The new facility is part of the University’s prestigious School of Health Sciences, which is at the forefront of educating the next generation of nurses, midwives, physicians’ associates and paramedics.

As part of the official opening, The Countess toured the state-of-the-art facility and met student nurses and midwives in a purpose-built replica hospital where they refine their clinical care skills.

The University also opened its doors to members of the public as part of the official opening, inviting them in for guided tours of the new facility.

Professor Melaine Coward, Head of the School of Health Sciences, said: “It is a great privilege to welcome The Countess of Wessex here today to officially open the Kate Granger Building. The story of Kate and her campaign for more personal and compassionate treatment within the NHS will undoubtedly inspire our students to deliver the best possible care.”

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