Royals open new MOD rehab complex

A new Jubilee Rehabilitation Complex has been opened at Headley Court by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall today.

The brand new £16.9 million complex has been funded by the Ministry of Defence.

It includes a specially designed flat where patients can again learn to live independently, as well as a state-of-the-art therapy building and departments for prosthetics and radiology. There is also an open plan gym.

The Prince of Wales spoke of the number of British service personnel being wounded in Afghanistan "on a daily basis", saying the number of troops being injured is "astonishing".

Charles said the public does not hear much about the number of people suffering wounds in the conflict.

"It is only when you visit the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (where battlefield casualties are repatriated to) or here that you realise how many people are going through such horrific experiences. It is astonishing," he said.

"It makes me feel incredibly small and humble, what they have been through, what they go on to do and the inspiration they provide to others."

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall toured the facility before opening the 48-bed complex.

Serving personnel and veterans who competed in the London 2012 Paralympic Games attended the opening.

Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Mark Francois said: “Countless times we have seen the determination of injured personnel at Headley Court in their rehabilitation, and recently at the Paralympics after their recovery. This fantastic new complex will continue to provide crucial world-class treatment and rehabilitation to those who need it.”

Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Commanding Officer, Group Captain Clare Walton said: “The new facilities will enable our staff to continue to provide the very best of care to our patients and to keep Headley Court at the forefront of rehabilitation and prosthetics.”

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