The Countess of Wessex visits the University of Surrey

Published 29 January 2020

The Countess of Wessex officially opened a new Health Sciences institute at the University of Surrey, meeting staff and students who will benefit from the new facilities

The building is named after Kate Granger MBE, an NHS doctor who spearheaded the #hellomynameis campaign encouraging healthcare staff to establish a personal connection with patients to support better health outcomes and interactions. Her Royal Highness wore her own badge during the visit.

The Countess viewed a simulation suite that recreates clinical scenarios which students may face in their careers and visited purpose-built wards replicating hospital situations where she saw student nurses and midwives refining their clinical care skills.

Chris Pointon (widower to Dr Kate Granger), who has continued the #hellomynameis campaign, said of the visit:

“I am incredibly proud to be here today with my parents to be a part of the official opening of the Kate Granger Building.

“We all know from our own personal experiences that the way medical professionals treat those in their care can make all the difference to their wellbeing and outlook; simple gestures of kindness and compassion along with an introduction make patients feel unique, valued and respected. Kate will be smiling down on us all today and will be wishing everyone well that studies in this new building.”