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William and Kate to open £59m training centre for medical staff

The royal couple are carrying out a series of engagements in Coventry.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will learn about an innovative training centre for nurses, midwives and paramedics when they open the £59 million facility at Coventry University.

William and Kate will tour the institution’s new science and health building during a day spent in Coventry celebrating the city’s history, people and heritage.

At the facility students learn to care for a patient at every stage of their medical journey, from paramedics arriving at their house to their stay in hospital, through to their rehabilitation at home.

William and Kate will meet students before following the journey of a fictional patient through the various areas of speciality taught at the centre, visiting a paramedic ambulance simulator, operating theatre, rehabilitation area and adapted living houses.

The royal couple will begin their day by visiting the ruins of Coventry cathedral, destroyed by Second World War bombing, and its modern successor.

They will hear about the history of the cathedral before taking part in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation.

The Litany is prayed by those inspired by the story of Coventry Cathedral, aimed at healing the wounds of history and building a culture of peace.

The Cambridge’s will meet members of the choir before having a cup of tea with staff and volunteers at the Rising Cafe, a social enterprise aimed at providing work and opportunity for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions.

William and Kate will end their day by seeing first-hand the work of the organisation Positive Youth Foundation in the city.

The foundation works with young people who find themselves living in challenging circumstances, from those excluded from school to others at risk from a range of social issues.

At a centre the royal couple will meet staff members, volunteers and young people supported by the service and watch music and boxing workshops.

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