The day The Queen came to Chesterfield

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The year is 1985, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was 32 years into her reign and had already paid a number of visits, official or otherwise, to Derbyshire. However, on this day, March 15, the Royal party were in town to mark a very special moment in the history of Chesterfield.

Hundreds of people gathered up Hady Hill and onto Chesterfield Road where the new Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Hospital had been built. It was the Queen’s duty to officially open the hospital, known in modern times as Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Inside the hospital, built to replace the former Chesterfield Royal Hospital on Basil Close in the town centre, hundreds of nurses gathered in the main entrance waiting to meet the Queen.

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The site, far smaller than it is now near Calow, had opened to patients on April 29, 1984, but it wasn’t until the Queen arrived nearly a year later that the hospital was officially opened.

A plaque commemorating the day Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the hospital remains in the main entrance
A plaque commemorating the day Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the hospital remains in the main entrance

Pictures taken at the time of the official opening show Her Majesty the Queen walking into the main entrance holding a bunch of flowers and her famous handbag. The nurses are crammed in behind a rope grabbing a glimpse of the Monarch, some with cameras in hand to capture the historic moment.

Her Majesty also met a number of patients who were already being treated by staff from a number of different departments. The visit marked the latest in a number of visits members of the Royal family had made, and continued to make, to Derbyshire over the many decades.

Since the visit in 1985, the site near Calow has expanded with numerous new departments being added over the years. The hospital also continued the connection with the Royal Family with the now King Charles III opening a new Chemotherapy unit in 1999.

Queen Elizabeth also awarded the hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust the George Cross earlier in 2022.

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