Trudie Goodwin, best know for her role as Sergeant June Ackland in ITV's The Bill, officially opened the new osteoporosis unit at Guy's Hospital last week.
The unit moved to its new state-of-the-art home on the first floor of Tower Wing at Guy's Hospital earlier in the year.
First opened in 1988, the unit was the first centre to offer an osteoporosis screening service in the UK. It is also one of the leading UK centres for research focusing on the evaluation of new treatments for osteoporosis.
"I'm delighted to officially open the new Osteoporosis Unit on behalf of the National Osteoporosis Society, " said Trudie.
"As patron of the charity, I know how hugely important it is it to identify people who are at risk of breaking bones because of osteoporosis, and to make sure that they receive the diagnosis, treatment and care that they both need and deserve."
Claire Severgnini, chief executive of the National Osteoporosis Society, said: "We are extremely pleased that this new unit will offer the most up to date facilities for identifying those patients at risk of fracture.
"Osteoporosis causes painful and disabling fractures, which for many can mean a loss of independence and even premature death. By identifying people at risk of fracture and treating them with appropriate drug treatments, many of these unnecessary fractures could be prevented, and thousands of people would experience a much improved quality of life."