Wednesday 11th December 2013
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Winter 2013
Building work has started on a new Macmillan Cancer Centre at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. The centre is planned to open in June 2014.
Every year, 1,500 people in east and north Hertfordshire are told they have cancer, and more than 10,000 people need treatment for cancer at the Lister Hospital.
The current cancer facilities at the hospital are stretched to capacity. Although their work is outstanding, staff at the hospital are not always able to treat everyone at the current site, so some patients have to travel to another of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust’s hospitals for their treatment.
When it opens, the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre will nearly double the hospital’s capacity for chemotherapy treatment and will remove the need for patients and staff to endure cramped conditions. It will include a dedicated information and support centre for patients and families, and two gardens for patients to relax in while undergoing treatment.
Mark Jones, Macmillan Senior Chemotherapy Charge Nurse at the Lister Hospital, describes the advantages of the new centre. ‘I can’t wait to have a modern, state-of-the-art unit. We’ll have more facilities available to the patients and a better working environment for the specialist nurses.
The nurses will no longer have to worry about finding an appropriate room to speak with a patient. ‘A purpose-built cancer centre will show that the Trust and the hospital are serious about promoting oncology and haematology services.’
Gwyneth Tyler, Senior Macmillan Development Manager for East and North Hertfordshire, adds, ‘We are delighted to be working with the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust to deliver the best possible cancer care in the heart of the community and ensure patients are not facing cancer alone.’
The total cost for developing the centre is £3 million. The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is contributing half the costs and Macmillan has launched a fundraising appeal for £1.5 million. So far, the appeal has raised more than £150,000 (correct on 11th November 2013).
How the centre may look - artist's impressions
If you’re interested in fundraising for the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre, call the Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support with your activity.