Duchess impressed with new research centre

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IT had been five years since the Duchess of Cornwall’s last visit to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital - and she said she was “thrilled” to be back to see first hand the good work of its new Biomedical Research Centre.

The state-of-the-art facility carries out vital research which is being used to improve care for thousands of patients with heart and bone conditions like osteoporosis - a cause very close to Her Royal Highness’ heart following the death of her own mother from the disease in 1997.

Now president of the National Osteoporosis Society, she said it was “fascinating” to see the work going on - including a demonstration of an XtremeCT scanner which allows researchers to study bones in minute detail - and a pleasure to meet the people taking part in research.

David Stone, chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told the Duchess: “We are delighted you have come here after all the excitement of last Friday.”

Richard Eastell, director of the centre, added: “We were truly honoured to welcome the Duchess of Cornwall to officially open the new centre.”

After unveiling a plaque to the mark the occasion the Duchess said: “I would like to congratulate everybody involved - it is the most incredible place, I could not be more impressed.”