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Royal opening for new hospital

The award-winning Finchley Memorial Hospital has been officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, following a £28 million rebuild.

A hospital has stood on the site in West Finchley since 1908, but in order to keep up with advancements in healthcare, the decision was made to develop a brand new building in its place.

The new hospital was completed in October 2012 and opened to patients earlier this year. Unveiling a commemorative plaque in the grounds to mark the official opening the Duke, who visited the old hospital on its centenary in 2008, said: “It’s been a great pleasure to come back and see the transformation. As someone who trained as an architect, I am pleased to see people thinking of a building as a solution to a problem, and this building provides the flexibility that you now need.

“We hear of advances in medical science, and long may they continue, but unless we have institutions that can provide that care it is only going to be of academic interest.

“I wish the very best of luck to everybody that comes here, whether to work to provide that medical care or as a patient reassured that their needs are being well looked after.”

The new hospital was developed by LIFT company North London Estate Partnerships, which will have an on-going role in maintaining the building. NHS Property Services will manage the building on behalf of the head tenant Community Health Partnerships, which is a 40% shareholder in North London Estate Partnerships.