6 May 2014, 4:35pm
Bath Rugby flanker Mat Gilbert was on hand last week to officially open the new state-of-the-art Children's Audiology Clinic at St Martin's Hospital.
The 28-year-old flanker knows more than most the importance of having great audiology facilities as he gradually lost his hearing as a child.
Gilbert joined Sirona Care & Health board members, councillors and families who use the service to officially declare open the unit at the Bath hospital.
"I know as I grew up how important it was to have a great audiology service," said Gilbert as he cut the ribbon. "Hopefully this facility will allow you do your job to the best of your ability."
The opening was a dream come true for Dr Adrian Dighe, consultant paediatrician and team leader for the newborn hearing screening programme.
He said: "It represents a state-of-the-art centre for children and their families where hearing assessment can take place in a truly sound proofed environment and to modern exacting standards. It will see our young ones through to the next generation and beyond."