HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visits Queen's Hospital

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visits Queen's Hospital
25 July 2017

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO made a commemorative visit to Queen’s Hospital, Burton upon Trent, to unveil an Organ Donation Memorial today (Tuesday 25 July 2017).
During the visit, His Royal Highness met patients who have been the recipient of an organ donation, family members of organ donors as well as members of staff.

The memorial was installed at Queen’s Hospital as a lasting reminder of those who have donated their organs to help save the lives of others. The garden memorial, which consists of dozens of birds, has been named ‘Another Chance To Fly’.

John Rivers CBE, Chairman of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would like to sincerely thank His Royal Highness for visiting us. It has been a great privilege for us to welcome His Royal Highness to the Trust and to showcase the Organ Donation Memorial. It is a day our staff will cherish for a long time and the plaque which His Royal Highness unveiled will take pride of place next to the memorial for patients, visitors and staff to view in the future.”

Dr Ian Poxon, Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at the Trust, said: “The Organ Donation Memorial is our way of recognising and celebrating the people who have donated their organs to save the lives of others. It was an honour to meet His Royal Highness and introduce him to families, patients and staff who have worked so hard to promote organ donation in Burton and the surrounding areas.”

William Saunders, Chairman of the Organ Donation Committee at Burton Hospitals, said: “The memorial is a fitting tribute to those families who, at a very difficult time, made the decision to save others. We were delighted that so many people from Burton and other parts of Staffordshire were able to share this special occasion with us.”

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