Princess Alexandra Clinic in Harlow marked its 55th birthday on Monday (April 27) – and extra than 50 % a century of caring for individuals throughout East Herts and West Essex.

The official opening ceremony in 1965 was attended by the Queen’s cousin, who gave her identify to the Hamstel Road amenities – Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Woman Ogilvy.

An account of the official opening of the healthcare facility, held in its archive, describes the celebration in depth.

The Princess arrived by helicopter at Harlow heliport on Tuesday, April 27, 1965, in significantly dark and damp temperature. Pics: George Taylor (34043945)

“The Princess… arrived by helicopter at Harlow Heliport on Tuesday, April 27, 1965, in significantly dark and damp temperature. From right here she was taken by vehicle to the quickly to be opened healthcare facility which was to be named following her (a very well-retained key at the time).

“During this vehicle journey, she was fulfilled by some one,five hundred people, largely youngsters, together 2nd and 3rd Avenue, identified to endure the temperature for a brief glimpse of the Princess.

“By the time she arrived at the healthcare facility in the early afternoon, the sunshine started out to crack by way of the clouds and the marquee celebration was flush with 600 visitors all set to meet the Princess and formally open up the healthcare facility.

The fact that the soon-to-be-opened hospital was to be named after Princess Alexandra was a well-kept secret at the time. Pictures: George Taylor (34043928)
The fact that the quickly-to-be-opened healthcare facility was to be named following Princess Alexandra was a very well-retained key at the time. Pics: George Taylor (34043928)

“After supplying an tackle to the visitors, she was introduced to the front door of the healthcare facility and presented the important by Mr S E T Cusdin, architect for the healthcare facility.”

It proceeds: “A cheer was listened to all over the crowd and following a brief interlude people began to enter the developing. Following unveiling a ceremonial plaque for Princess Alexandra Clinic, she went on a tour of the amenities with an entourage of medical doctors and nurses to welcome her.”

The go to was so well-liked that some households “gatecrashed” the invitation-only celebration to catch a glimpse of the 28-year-outdated royal.

She returned in September 1998 to formally open up the new CT (computed tomography) scanner suite in the X-ray section.

The princess went on a tour of the facilities with an entourage of doctors and nurses to welcome her. Pictures: George Taylor (34043932)
The princess went on a tour of the amenities with an entourage of medical doctors and nurses to welcome her. Pics: George Taylor (34043932)

The radiology section at PAH performed 32,236 CT investigations in 2019. The healthcare facility is to obtain £447,000 from the Authorities for a new point out-of-the-art CT scanner, to be mounted this year. This will help early analysis of cancer for individuals.

The healthcare facility was recognized as the Princess Alexandra Clinic NHS Believe in in April 1995, supplying solutions in Harlow, at Herts and Essex Clinic in Bishop’s Stortford and St Margaret’s Clinic in Epping.

In the decades since the healthcare facility first opened, it has been through modernisation and growth, including the latest additions these types of as the Charnley Ward and renovation of Ray Ward. It has 414 normal and acute beds, a 24/7 unexpected emergency section, an intense care device (ICU), a maternity device and a neonatal intense care device (NICU).

Princess Alexandra chats to a young patient. Pictures: George Taylor (34043930)
Princess Alexandra chats to a younger individual. Pics: George Taylor (34043930)

The trust’s three,five hundred employees provide a core population of about 350,000 people in West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

In October 2019, two months prior to the Standard Election, the Conservative Authorities declared that PAHT was to obtain funding to build a new healthcare facility in Harlow. Information around the funding and timeframe are getting finalised and PAHT is completing its business scenario for the new healthcare facility.

Princess Alexandra talks to local Scouts who lined up to greet the 28-year-old royal. Pictures: George Taylor (34043943)
Princess Alexandra talks to community Scouts who lined up to greet the 28-year-outdated royal. Pics: George Taylor (34043943)

Main govt Lance McCarthy said: “The healthcare facility is marking its 55th anniversary as we deal with the needs of coronavirus (Covid-19) and, as ever, our remarkable people are right here to present significant-quality care and treatment method for the people of West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

“While the look of the healthcare facility may have modified, the professionalism and compassion of our PAHT people above the decades is a consistent.

“We have observed an outpouring of help for our healthcare facility, with very generous fundraising, items and type text for our teams for the duration of this time.

“We hope you will sign up for us in reflecting on the vital role of PAHT in our local community and in supplying your thanks to our colleagues for their tricky do the job and commitment.

“While coronavirus continues to be at the forefront of the countrywide consciousness, we are also searching to the future. We carry on to progress our programs and I’m delighted to be performing to a new healthcare facility for Harlow to provide our local community, the future chapter in the story of the Princess Alexandra Clinic.”