It’s the opening day as Duke visits Lynn

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The Duke of Gloucester visited Lynn on Thursday to officially open revamped facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Stories of Lynn complex.

The duke met schoolchildren and civic leaders, including borough mayor David Whitby, at the town hall, where he saw some of the town’s most historic treasures.

He then unveiled two new laparoscopic theatres, which were upgraded in a £3.2 million project, at the Gayton Road site.

The theatres contain specialist scopes which offer high definition images for surgeons and for trainee surgeons to look at in the hospital’s lecture theatre.

The duke also toured the hospital’s stroke unit and met staff in its accident and emergency department.

Hospital chairman Edward Libbey said: “It was an honour to share the many achievements made by this hospital and its dedicated staff with His Royal Highness.

“By investing in our facilities and staff, we are investing in the future of healthcare for the people of West Norfolk and its surrounding areas.”

Valerie Newton, the hospital’s director of nursing, said: “The visit celebrates what has been a tremendous year of successes achieved by the hospital and our staff.

“It was a great pleasure to share how far we have travelled in the last two years, which would not be possible without our staff who have worked tirelessly for the benefit of the hospital.”

Earlier, the duke, who was accompanied by Norfolk’s Lord Lietenant Richard Jewson, toured the museum, viewing story boards showing the restoration of the Old Gaol House and Regalia Rooms into the current museum.

The tour included the treasury, featuring precious artefacts including the King John Cup, and the borough archives which hold the charter granted to Lynn by King John in 1204.

Youngsters from the Whitefriars Primary Academy were also there taking part in storytelling and Medieval Merchants of Lynn workshops.