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Queen to open new hospital
Queen Elizabeth
Norfolk's hospitals have associations with the Royal family
The Queen is to officially open Norfolk's flagship new hospital.

The Queen will perform the official opening of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Thursday 5 February.

The first patients arrived at the 989-bed hospital in November 2001.

It replaced the former Norfolk and Norwich and West Norwich Hospitals where the last wards were closed in January 2003.

Long associations

Hospital chief executive Stephen Day said: "The hospitals we moved from had long and happy associations with the Royal family and we are delighted that tradition will continue with the Queen's visit to officially open Norfolk's newest hospital."

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is the newest teaching hospital in the country and the its largest single-build hospital.

The hospital trust treats more than 500,000 patients a year and employs more than 5,200 staff.

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