Cathy Jones, Deputy Chief Executive and Simon Linnett, Chair of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said,
“We are extremely saddened by the news Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away. Her Majesty had a strong connection with the Trust after opening our women’s and children’s unit, Cygnet Wing, at Bedford Hospital in 1996. That visit represented such an incredible honour for the Trust and offers a perfect example of The Queen’s unwavering support and dedication to public service. We are deeply appreciative.
“During the greatest health emergency in NHS history, Her Majesty’s reassuring messages of strength and support to all NHS staff provided some much needed comfort as staff worked tirelessly around the clock, treating patients with COVID-19.
“On behalf of all staff and volunteers at Bedfordshire Hospitals, we send our deepest sympathies to the Royal Family at this difficult time”.