Queen grants permission to name Welwyn Garden City hospital The New QE11
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 July 2013
RENAMING the Garden City's hospital as The New QEII has been given Royal Approval.
Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps approached the Palace for Her Majesty The Queen’s permission to use the name – and has now been given the thumbs-up.
And he hopes a member of the Royal Family will come along and officially open it in 2015, when it is due to be completed.
News of the approval came in an official letter from the Cabinet Office.
Mr Shapps said: “Our existing QE2 Hospital was officially opened by Her Majesty in 1963, so I was delighted when the Queen granted permission to let us call its replacement The New Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
“This name will ensure the heritage of the site lives on.
“Obviously for us locally this is all tinged with a bit of sadness.
“We feel we should have got that super-hospital [on the Hatfield Business Park near the university] that we were promised by Gordon Brown.
“But now is the time to move on and get the new building constructed.
“It is gratifying to know the royal name connection will live on in the name of our new hospital.
“It would be wonderful if Her Majesty or another member of the Royal Family could come and open the new facility when it is complete in 2015.”
Nick Carver, chief executive of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs both the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and QE2, said: “The existing QE2 Hospital has been part of the local community for some 50 years, which is why we were delighted to hear that Her Majesty The Queen had granted permission for the new hospital, being built by our colleagues at the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, be known as the New QEII Hospital.
“It is a tribute to the affection and esteem in which the hospital is held by local people and our staff alike.
“I am also grateful to Grant Shapps for taking up this very important matter so successfully with the Palace.”
Jacqui Bunce, from the East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are very pleased that Royal approval has been granted to use the name The New QEII Hospital.
“This name acknowledges a brand new building that provides a modern environment for health services that local people use most often whilst recognising the history of the hospital locally.”