Staff and patients met the health secretary Jeremy Hunt today on a whistle-stop tour of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

The specialist neuro-musculoskeletal in Brockley Hill, Stanmore, is going to be almost entirely rebuild to provide a modern hospital.

Mr Hunt, who kept his job in Prime Minister David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle earlier this week, visited the hospital between noon and 12.45pm today. He last dropped by the hospital in October last year for a surprise inspection.

This month The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust submitted, or will submit, a "refreshed" business case to the Trust Development Authority in order to restart the procurement process for finding construction firms to carry out the building and refurbishment work.

Princess Eugenie is the patron of the hospital's appeal to raise money for new medical equipment, provide more luxurious furnishings to replace the standard NHS fittings, and to build family accommodation for the parents of child patients that will be called Princess Eugenie House.

She officially opened a new children's unit back in April .

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