24 November 2010
Tony Shaw, from the contractors Speller Metcalfe and Nicola Brooke, Chemotherapy nurse specialist
A key milestone in the construction of the Macmillan Renton Unit, new local cancer unit at Hereford Hospitals has been reached, with the completion of the main structure and roof of the new building.
To mark this event a traditional topping out ceremony was held on Monday 22 November. This was a significant stage within the construction programme that provides further confidence that the building will be operational and serving the community around Easter 2011.
Mark Curtis, Chairman of Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, said: 'This ceremony marks another significant milestone for the County Hospital and promises to deliver a facility that is much needed. It is a tremendous endeavour that the combined efforts of so many individuals and organisations have achieved and to whom we are deeply grateful.'
David Crosby, Regional General Manager, said: ‘Macmillan Cancer Support would like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to us reaching this significant milestone, and in particular the people of Herefordshire, without whose support we would not be here.
We are delighted that this aspect of our partnership with Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust has come to fruition and look forward to working with them in the future to ensure that the cancer care local people receive is of the highest possible standard.’
The successful event was attended by those who have been directly involved with supporting the project, including patient representatives, Macmillan Renton Unit Project Group Members, staff from Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS Herefordshire, Macmillan Cancer Support representatives from their Cancer Environments Team, Macmillan Fundraising Team and Volunteer Fundraisers.
Information about the Macmillan Renton Unit build is now available on Hereford Hospitals website www.herefordhospital.nhs.uk