Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, officially opened the University of Plymouth’s multimillion pound Derriford Research Facility yesterday, at an event attended by a number of research clinicians from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.
The University building, acting as the new headquarters of its Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine, is located next to Derriford Hospital. It is hoped that the facility will allow greater collaboration between medical, dental and biomedical researchers at the University, with research clinicians at the Trust.
“This is a great example of how the University of Plymouth and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust can grow health care research together,” said Gary Minto, Associate Director for Research and Anaesthetics Consultant at the Trust, who was in attendance at the event.
“The new Derriford Research Facility will bring first class scientists right next to the hospital - promoting access to the most modern of treatments for our patients, our staff and the Plymouth community.”
Her Royal Highness was escorted on a tour of the facilities where she was introduced to some of the life-changing research taking place, before officially unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion in front of an invited audience.
She said: “My congratulations on the achievement of this facility, focused as it is on research, but with very close clinical associations. I suspect that it is also a huge encouragement to patients, who will feel more involved with research in the future, and their families.
“I hope you feel that this investment, what you see going on and the teams here are truly fulfilling the ambitions you all have for this facility, and the link with the hospital. I am sure there will be much more to come.”
Pictured left: Professor Simon Rule, Consultant Haematologist at Derriford Hospital with HRH Princess Anne