NEWMARKET Equine Hospital received a royal seal of approval today when it was officially opened by Princess Haya of Jordan.
The Princess, who is the wife of Sheikh Mohammed, was given a tour of Greenwood Ellis and Partrners 10 million facility, which includes a surgery suite which bears her name, before she declared it open.
"It is a wonderful facility," Princess Haya, who is president of the International Equestrian Federation, told the Journal. "Newmarket is known as the centre of horseracing and I think it is wonderful that it now has this facility which will enrich horse medicine through Europe."
As arrived at the opening attended by some 300 guests, the Princess, Britain's champion racehorse owner last year, who was accompanied by John Ferguson, bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed, was presented with a posy by ten-year-old Alice Wright and her sister Grace, five, daughter of the hospital's senior surgeon Ian Wright.
Over 70 staff including 30 vets run the new hospital which has two operating theatres where between 700-800 procedures will be carried out every year.
On Sunday it will be opening its doors so the public can have a behind the scenes look at the facilities which opened for the first time in September last year.
Vets and specialists will be on hand from 10am until 1pm to give guided tours of the 15- acre site which houses some of the most advanced veterinary diagnostic equipment in Europe .
David Ellis, senior partner of Newmarket Equine Hospital said: "We are thrilled that Her Royal Highness agreed to officially open the new facility of which we are immensely proud and will enable us to provide an even better service for all our clients."
Newmarket Equine Hospital has been purpose built with greatly expanded facilities. The design of the main hospital building is an asymmetric cross with 4 wings – reception and offices, laboratory, diagnostics and theatres. In addition there is a separate intensive care unit and an expanded diagnostic unit for advanced imaging modalities.
The surgery unit includes dedicated orthopaedic and soft tissue suites with the highest spec facilities and networked digital imaging and is fed by four anaesthetic induction and recovery stalls..
The hospital has also expanded its previous diagnostic capabilities and now has 2 high powered x ray suites, ultrasonography and in the expanded unit, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
For the examination of lameness there is an examination area with a floodlit 20x40m mnage, hard and soft lunging areas and 2 trot-up runways and the facilities,also include over 80 stables for in-patients.