FRED Yates was just booking a hospital appointment when he was asked to officially open a new £500,000 centre at Huddersfield Royal.
Mr Yates, 89, became the star of the show when he cut the ribbon to open the new appointments centre at the infirmary.
And his wife of 62 years Kathleen, and daughter Linda Walsh, were at his side for his big moment.
Mr Yates, of Paddock, was delighted when asked to perform theceremony.
His daughter Linda, of Cowersley, said: “We have always had an excellent service as a family at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary over the years and were delighted to be invited along for the event.”
Staff decided to invite a patient to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment.
Katharine Fletcher, appointments general manager, said: “We are delighted Mr Yates agreed to perform the opening ceremony for us.
“The centre is here to help our patients so it seemed only right that a patient helped us celebrate the opening.”
The new centre will handle 1,000 calls every day from staff and patients for the whole Trust.
Previously, new patient appointment teams and follow-up appointment teams and had been spread over three different areas.
But the teams have merged and undergone a physical transformation. New suites are light and airy with a forest frieze along one wall, toning blue and green colour scheme and state-of-the-art desks and computers.
The work is the first major improvement for the departments since the hospital opened in 1966.
And because of the merger, the Trust has been able to extend the appointment centre opening hours.
Patients can now book appointments from 8am –7pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning.
The opening is the second big milestone for the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, this week.
Its £8m pharmacy in Acre Mill, Lindley, is producing 450,000 packs of tablets a year and supplying medicine for infirmary patients and others elsewhere.