September 26, 2008
Doc Duchess is a Dab Hand
A NEW wing of a pounds 51m hospital was unveiled by the Duchess of Northumberland.
She was given the chance to use the latest keyhole surgery technology - placing polo mints on a stick - inside Hexham General Hospital's new training centre, which includes a "mock-body" where training nurses can perform laparoscopic surgery using cameras and surgical instruments.
She said: "I think I passed with flying colours. I thought it would actually be on a real patient, but I'm so squeamish about that sort of thing. I hate blood."
The Duchess was given a 90-minute tour of the new multi-million building which is on Corbridge Road, in Hexham, Northumberland.
She then unveiled a plaque and addressed a small gathering of doctors, nurses and hospital workers who had congregated to see her.
"This hospital is quite amazing," she added. "The architect should be congratulated on a stunning design.
"It has an incredible feeling of light and space and it's very human. It doesn't feel like a hospital."
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