Papworth hospital is to become Royal Papworth Hospital after receiving a royal title from Her Majesty the Queen.
 
Royal Papworth Hospital will become the first royal hospital in the East of England, in recognition of its pioneering history and continued commitment to developing the treatments of the future. The new title comes ahead of our move to a new, state-of-the-art hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2018, which will also be our centenary year.

Professor John Wallwork, Chairman at Papworth Hospital Foundation Trust, said:

“As a surgeon who worked at Papworth for more than 30 years, I am thrilled to see the hospital get this recognition from The Queen. Papworth is a truly special place where we strive to deliver the treatments of tomorrow to the patients of today. We have big plans for our future on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and our new royal title will be a wonderful way to mark the next chapter in our story."

The Trust will now begin a formal process to rename the hospital Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. A ceremony to officially mark the change in name will take place next year as part of the hospital’s centenary celebrations.