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Royal Visitor for Cygnet Hospital Beckton

Cygnet Hospital Beckton is to welcome a Royal visitor to highlight the important role occupational therapy plays in supporting health, well-being and life-satisfaction for people who use the service.


The East London-based hospital will welcome HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of The College of Occupational Therapists, on January 19th next year. Cygnet Hospital Beckton is one of more than 20 services operated by Cygnet Health Care across the UK. The hospital provides specialist care for women with complex mental health needs.

During her visit The Princess Royal will meet with members of Cygnet’s Occupational Therapy and wider multi-disciplinary team as well as people who use the services provided at Cygnet Hospital Beckton and their families and carers.

Her Royal Highness will visit the Recovery Academy within the hospital, view displays on patient empowerment, involving carers, promoting education and vocational opportunities as well as a presentation by service users on how they view and describe occupational therapy.

Her visit will also include demonstrations by occupational therapists on interventions and activities including smoking cessation and sports instruction.

Cygnet Health Care Chief Operating Officer Nicky McLeod said: “We’re delighted and honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Cygnet Hospital Beckton. As an organisation we invest in and greatly value the immensely positive contribution occupational therapy makes to those who use our services.

“The team are very much looking forward to welcoming our most distinguished visitor and guests next year.”

Julia Scott, Chief Executive of the College of Occupational Therapists said, “I am delighted that Her Royal Highness is able to visit Cygnet Hospital to see the valuable work being done by Occupational Therapists. Their work is just one example of how Occupational Therapists across the UK are helping to deliver better care and improved outcomes for patients and helping to make the health and care system operates more efficiently.”

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