HRH The Countess of Wessex opens Clinical Research Facility

HRH The Countess of Wessex opens Clinical Research Facility at Leeds Children's Hospital

On Monday 11 June, HRH the Countess of Wessex  officially opened the brand new Children’s Clinical Research Facility at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

The Countess, who is Patron of Leeds Children’s Hospital, will be unveiling a plaque at the new facility which has been in the planning for over two years. The facility houses six beds in total, providing a separate area where children who are taking part in clinical research will have access to specialist equipment and medication, whilst being cared for by a team of dedicated professionals.

The Leeds Children’s Hospital Research Team supports a range of specialities in the Children’s Hospital to increase research activity.  Historically, this activity has taken place within wards and outpatients, however, it was recognised that there was a need for a dedicated research facility area following an increase in activity.

The facility has been made possible thanks to the generous donation to Leeds Cares from Dr Maurice Benard and Mrs Asneth Benard in loving memory of their grandson, Jeremy Neil Allen.

David Welch, Chief Executive at Leeds Cares said “Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to HRH for officially opening the unit. We are enormously grateful for the charitable donation made by Dr and Mrs Bernard, without whom this facility would not be possible. Their personal connection to this project is very moving and we are very proud to be a part of this. The impact that this facility will have is clear but we cannot make this difference to the world of research without the ongoing generosity of our donors.”

A huge thank you to all involved.