Princess of Jordan tours Leeds hospitals

Princess Ghida Talal of Jordan visits the children's wards at Leeds General Infimary. She is pictured Ella Rigg, seven, from Sandal Wakefield. Picture by Simon Hulme

Princess Ghida Talal of Jordan visits the children's wards at Leeds General Infimary. She is pictured Ella Rigg, seven, from Sandal Wakefield. Picture by Simon Hulme

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust had a visit from royalty yesterday when a princess from Jordan toured the site and met with patients and staff.

HRH Princess Ghida Talal’s visit was part of a link-up between the trust and the King Hussein Cancer Foundation in Amman, Jordan, which aims to share expertise, research and training.

The tour included a look around the Leeds Cancer Centre at St James’ £250m showpiece Bexley wing and a visit to Leeds Children’s Hospital at LGI.

HRH Princess Ghida Talal, who is chairwoman of the board of trustees at the foundation, said: “The purpose of this visit is to solidify the relationship with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals and to set forth the vision and plan for continued collaboration in the coming years.”

The partnership is already bearing fruit with Leeds Teaching Hospitals agreeing to train ten senior clinical fellows from the King Hussein Cancer Center.

Two have already started in post at Leeds, working in pathology/transfusion and clinical genetics.

It means Leeds trust gains the services of these highly qualified and motivated individuals, while the clinical fellows get the benefit of learning from the expertise of the Leeds team.

Plans are also being developed to potentially help with nurse training and for the two hospitals to work on a peer review programme.

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