Duke of Cambridge to Visit Liverpool

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Thursday 14th September, 2017

The Duke of Cambridge will visit Liverpool for a day of engagements on Thursday 14th September 2017.

His Royal Highness will begin the visit at Aintree University Hospital to formally open the new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre (UCAT). This new unit, serving a catchment area of 2.3m residents in the North West, opened in January 2017 following a £35m redevelopment. The new Trauma Centre includes the addition of a charity funded air ambulance helicopter landing pad, which became operational in July. The Duke will meet clinical staff and tour the Emergency, Major Trauma, Resuscitation and the Observation Units, before meeting some of the elderly patients at the Frailty Assessment Unit. Before departure His Royal Highness will join a plaque unveiling ceremony at the front of the building.

The Duke of Cambridge will then travel to Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Life Rooms in Walton – a community hub and home for the Recovery College. Over 16,000 people have benefited from the centre, which serves the wider community in a way that challenges stigma and promotes positive mental health, learning and wellbeing. Life Rooms’ services include group and one-to-one advice sessions on finances, addiction, and employment and offer a space for community groups to meet. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is one of the leading mental health trusts in the country, and their work was highlighted to The Duke during the Heads Together campaign earlier this year. During the visit, His Royal Highness will tour the centre, meet staff and specialist advisors, and will speak to service users about their personal experiences of working with Life Rooms.

Finally, The Duke of Cambridge will travel to Wallasey for a series of activities in the pools at Guinea Gap Leisure Centre, which will bring together three related patronages of His Royal Highness – the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) and Swim England (formally Amateur Swimming Association). The Duke will first call into the Merseyside Sub-Aqua Club clubhouse to chat with local divers before joining the event at the Guinea Gap Leisure Centre. At the pool, The Duke will see children from Wallasey Swimming Club showcasing Swim England’s ‘Learn to Swim’ programme and BSAC’s snorkeling and diving activities, and will view an ESSA water polo session in action.

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