Papworth Hospital granted royal title

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will receive a royal title following approval from Her Majesty The Queen.

The Royal Papworth Hospital, which carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979 and the world's first successful heart, lung and liver transplant in 1986, will become the first royal hospital in the East of England.

The hospital is one of the leading cardiothoracic hospitals in Europe, treating more than 100,000 patients each year from across the UK.

Stephen Posey, chief executive officer at the trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this honour from Her Majesty The Queen at such an exciting time in our history. The royal title is a fitting tribute to the many talented, committed staff members who have made Papworth what it is today, and I hope it will inspire more people to join us and be part of our future. We have a busy year ahead as we prepare to move into our new hospital and we look forward to celebrating this news properly as part of our centenary celebrations in 2018.”

The name will officially change in 2018. The hospital will also move to a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus next year.

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