A special guest was on hand to open the new £11 million diagnostic centre at a hospital.

June Thompson was invited to cut the ribbon after being involved with the Spire Bushey hospital for 30 years.

Mrs Thompson says the hospital has saved her husband’s life two or three times, so she was “honoured and delighted” to perform the official opening ceremony.

The diagnostics centre, which will be situated in Centennial Park, Elstree, will house 14 consulting suites, two treatment rooms and state of the art imaging facilities including MRI, X-Ray and ultrasound.

“We have always received excellent care at Spire Bushey. My husband and I have spent a fair amount of time at the main hospital. Over the years you get to know the consultants and nurses, it’s like a great big family - everyone is always so welcoming.”

Hospital director Lisa Trybus added: “When Spire Bushey hospital were looking for someone to open the diagnostic centre we looked no further than one of our own ‘very satisfied’ patients, Mrs Thompson.

“After two years of hard work and commitment from my fabulous team, it gave me great pride and pleasure to see Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre officially opened.”