VIDEO: Princess Royal visits staff at Kettering hospital

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Staff at Kettering hospital have had the chance to show off their work to a royal visitor.

Anne, the Princess Royal, visited the hospital today (Tuesday, July 2) to mark its role in caring for patients via occupational therapy.

Her Royal Highness is introduced by Lady Juliet  Townsend to Cllr Joan Kirkbride followed by Cllr Keli Watts

Her Royal Highness is introduced by Lady Juliet Townsend to Cllr Joan Kirkbride followed by Cllr Keli Watts

Princess Anne is the patron of the College of Occupational Therapists, and also helped launch the college’s new five-year strategy.

She was greeted by dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Lady Juliet Townsend, the county’s High Sheriff James Shepherd-Cross, Kettering mayor Cllr Keli Watts, the hospital’s chairman Steve Hone and its chief executive Lorene Read.

The princess then went on a private tour of the occupational therapy department at the hospital, led by Melanie Paragreen, the head of therapies at Kettering hospital.

“For us it was an extreme honour to have our patron visit,” Mrs Paragreen said. “I was nervous before but not at all when showing her round. She was very knowledgeable and I felt extremely comfortable.”

Hannah Scott, an occupational therapist at the hospital who treated a patient as the royal guest watched, added: “She was very interested in our role. She really put me at ease and put the patients at ease.”