Queen to declare Forth Valley hospital open

The official opening of the new hospital will take place on July 6
The official opening of the new hospital will take place on July 6
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The Queen will officially open the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital next week.

She will be accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for the ceremony on Wednesday, July 6.

The royal couple will then tour the £300 million facility and are expected to meet with staff and patients.

Ian Mullen, NHS Forth Valley chairman, said the health board was delighted to welcome the special visitors.

He said: “We are particularly honoured HM The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, has agreed to maintain a remarkable tradition of the formal opening of all hospitals in Forth Valley by members of the Royal family.”

Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary was opened by Prince George, the Duke of Kent, in January 1932 and four years earlier in August 1928, the then Duke and Duchess of York, the current Queen’s parents, opened Stirling Royal Infirmary.

For the latest details on the transfer of services, see this week’s Falkirk Herald.