08/12/2009 11:39 PM | WAM
London: As part of her fact-finding tour to visit children's hospitals across Europe this summer, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday visited two children's hospitals in London.
To aid development of the Al Jalila Children's Speciality Hospital, she visited the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and the Evelina Children's Hospital at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
This follows her visit to the Aachen University Hospital in Germany last month.
Accompanying Princess Haya on the visit was Qadi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director-General, Dubai Health Authority.
The Al Jalila Children's Speciality Hospital in Dubai, will be the first dedicated children's hospital in the UAE. Princess Haya, in each of her visits discussed best practices in patient care, the fundamental importance of research initiatives and of first-rate medical education as a means to achieve excellence in paediatric healthcare services.
At Great Ormond Street Hospital, the first institution in the UK to offer inpatient care to children only, Princess Haya and Al Murooshid were received by Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive, Dr Barbara Buckley, Co-Medical Director and Trevor Clarke, Director of International Services.
At the Evelina Children's Hospital at Guy's and St Thomas', Princess Haya and Al Murooshid were greeted by Eileen Sills, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse, Dr Grenville Fox, Clinical Director for Children's Services and Murdoch Graham, International Business Development Manager for Corporate Development.
Throughout her visit, Princess Haya re-emphasised the importance of collective learning and sharing of knowledge between nations.
"The exchange of ideas between cultures and countries around the globe is necessary for the well-being of the world and for the future of all our children. I share everyone's belief that children are the most precious gifts and we must continue to nurture, protect and provide every single one of them with a life full of laughter, hope and love. If they are ill then we must guarantee them the highest standards of clinical care in the most suitable and caring settings."