Dr Mark Davies cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of HRI's new A&E

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The sun was shining yesterday (5th June) as colleagues and partners gathered to celebrate the grand opening of HRI's new A&E. 

The new facility opened its doors to patients two weeks ago, just after midnight on 22 May.

The ribbon was cut by Dr Mark Davies, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for the project (pictured centre). Speaking at the event, Dr Davies said: ““It’s been a real privilege to lead this project and to see it come to fruition. It’s the result of a lot of work, by a lot of people over a long time. But this is just the start – there is a huge chapter beyond the A&E opening as part of our journey.

"Feedback from patients has been overwhelmingly positive, and I am delighted that we have an A&E that our patients and colleagues can be proud of. 

“I ask that the public please use it wisely and help us prioritise those who need it most.”  

Head Nurse for Medicine, Tom Ladlow (pictured third from right), said: “It’s been a life changing experience to be able to contribute to this historic point in time for CHFT. It’s been an absolute honour and a privilege. Seeing what people are telling us about the new space really brings it to life and shows the difference it’s already making."

A highlight video of the event can be viewed on YouTube.

Dr Mark Davies and colleagues stand in front of the new A&E cutting a red ribbon. There are ambulances in the background