Charles’s joy at health centre

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have opened a £4million health centre.

The royals chatted with staff and patients at the Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health in Devon, which boasts a GP practice, midwifery services, an urgent treatment centre and complementary therapy practitioners.

The prince unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

He said: “It has been a great joy to meet so many of you. This is a remarkable example of what can be done.”

Later, the couple visited Morpeth, Northumberland, which has been devastated by recent flooding. Charles and Camilla dropped into the town hall, which has been turned into a makeshift emergency centre.

Peter Judd, of Morpeth Round Table, said: “Many people have lost simply everything, and I told Charles how we hope to be able to help them out by filling their house so they have a sofa and somewhere to sit and eat their dinner.

“He was very supportive. And the thing with Charles is that we know he takes a personal interest in the North East, especially when things like this happen, so his concern is genuine.

“When I thanked him he said, ‘No, thanks to you for what you are doing.'”