We need your help to build the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre

Coffee Morning sign up Every year, 1,500 people in East and North Hertfordshire are told that they have cancer and over 10,000 will need treatment.

The oversubscribed facilities at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage currently do not always allow their outstanding staff to treat everyone, with some patients having to travel to another of the Trust's hospitals for their treatment.

The unit needs to be completely redesigned and rebuilt to give the staff a chance to meet the challenges of maintaining a complex and high quality service, now and for the future. And we need your help to do it.

The new centre would:

• Allow 18 patients to receive chemotherapy treatment at once, doubling the amount of space currently available to the 220 patients treated at the Lister each week.

• Provide two restful and soothing gardens for people with cancer and their families. Well designed gardens have been proven to improve patients’ response to treatment, and provide a welcome environment for accompanying family and friends.

• Offer clear areas where people can discuss sensitive information about their diagnosis and treatment with clinical and nursing staff, as well as clear access to the excellent Macmillan Information and Support and Welfare Benefits advisors.

How will my donation make a difference?

The centre at the Lister will mean that no one accessing chemotherapy and outpatient treatment in this local area will have to go through cancer alone. But we can’t do it without your support.

The total cost for developing the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre is £3m. We need to raise £1.5m to make sure we meet the quality standards we expect for this, as with every, new cancer facility where we have the chance to be involved.

Any amount would help us to improve the lives of local people with cancer.

We are raising funds for a Macmillan Cancer Centre at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage. There is a small chance we will raise more than we need for this project. If this happens, or if for any unforeseen reason we are unable to proceed with the building, your gift will be used to provide much needed help and support to people affected by cancer in the Hertfordshire area.

Tracey's story

‘I was 32 when I was diagnosed. I’ve been married now for two years. My daughter will be eight next month.

‘I’m still having treatment. I go every three weeks. I’ve had a month off here and there.

'I’m usually there two or three hours in total. They need more space – it’s too cramped. You can definitely tell you’re in a hospital. There aren’t any windows in the waiting area. It’s a bit depressing. Having natural light would make it a lot better.

‘The treatment room has big windows... It’s still a bit gloomy though. The chairs are close together... There are still a few that can’t recline. Sitting there for hours, my bum gets numb.

‘When I saw the garden on the plans, I said: “Wow, that looks really good!” Being on Level 10 there’s quite a bit of coming up and down. A garden area would be peaceful and chilled and relaxing. It would make you feel better.’

Latest news

'The centre, which will be managed by the East and North Herts NHS Trust, will almost double Lister’s chemotherapy capacity, dramatically reduce the cramped conditions for patients and staff, and create a dedicated information and support centre for patients and families.' Read more on The Comet website.

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'Cancer care for patients at Lister Hospital will be transformed under plans approved for a new £2.9 million Macmillan cancer centre to be managed by the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.' Read more at the The Advertiser website.

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'Your help is needed to build state-of-the-art cancer unit. Macmillan Cancer Support is planning to build a new cancer centre at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.' Read more at the Biggleswade Today website.

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'A Macmillan quiz will be held on Friday, June 7 in Biggleswade Conservative Club. This is an ideal chance for you to do your bit for the campaign while having a great night out with your friends.' Read more at the Biggleswade Today website.

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'THE Comet has thrown its weight behind Macmillan Cancer Support’s £1.5 million fundraising appeal to create a new cancer centre at Lister Hospital.' Read more at The Comet website.

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'Patient Tracey Oliver cut the first piece of turf to mark the start of work on the £3m Macmillan cancer care centre at Lister Hospital today' Read more at The Hertfordshire Mercury website.

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'A MOBILE drop-in service offering vital information for anyone with questions or worries about cancer will be visiting Comet country.' Read more at The Comet website.

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'Cancer patients and their families in Hertfordshire are being urged not to suffer in silence...' Read more at the Jack FM website.

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'On Thursday, June 13 Macmillan Cancer Support hosted an information evening to update residents on the project.' Read more at the Biggleswade Today website.

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'Fashion helped tackle cancer at Tewin Bury Farm, as more than £2,000 was raised at a catwalk show in aid of a Macmillan cancer centre at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.' Read more at the Hertfordshire Life website.

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'FINAL approval for a £3m Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre has been given with construction work to begin in September.' Read more at The Comet website.

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'FINAL approval for a £3m cancer centre, which will serve Welwyn Hatfield patients, has been granted – with construction set to start in September.' Read more at the Welwyn and Hatfield Times website.

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'MACMILLAN Cancer Support has launched an appeal for 250 people in the Bishops Stortford area to help it raise over £15m – by drinking coffee and eating cake.' Read more at the Herts and Essex Observer website.

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'A CANCER charity has launched an appeal for people across Hertfordshire to drink coffee and eat cake to help it raise vital funds to build a £3m cancer centre at the Lister Hospital.' Read more at The Comet website.

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'A FORMER cancer patient is appealing for public support to help raise £1.5 million for a new cancer centre at Lister Hospital.' Read more at The Comet website.

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'The new artist’s illustrations show how the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre reception, waiting area, treatment area and treatment waiting areas might look, although designers are continuing to shape aspects of the centre.' Read more and view the images on the Hertfordshire Mercury website.

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'Work has started on a project to build a new Macmillan cancer treatment centre at a hospital in Hertfordshire.' Read more at the BBC website.

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'Transformed cancer care across East and North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire came one step closer, with a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new £3 million cancer centre at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.' Read more at The Comet website.

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We're thrilled to share that the Comet has made Macmillan Cancer Support their Charity of the Year for 2014. Read more on the Comet website.

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'Country Properties, with offices across Comet country, has set an ambitious fundraising target of £20,000 which will benefit people affected by cancer in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.' Read more on the Comet website.

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Upcoming events

Type of event - open gardens

Location - Welwyn

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Fundraising target - £4k

Type of event - camping weekend

Location - Hertford

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Harpenden Committee Secret Art Show Saturday 20 July 2013

Fundraising target - £8k

Type of event - Secret Art Show

Location - Harpenden

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Biggleswade Quiz Night Friday 11 October 2013

On Friday, October 11 there is a quiz night plus a meal, comprising hot food, dessert & a fresh fruit platter. 

This takes place at the Weatherly Centre in Biggleswade starting at 7.30pm. 

The ticket price is £11 per person and there is a maximum of 8 per team. All profits will go to support Macmillan. 

All welcome but advance booking is essential. 

To purchase tickets please contact Jonathan on 01767 312368. Past events have proved very popular and everyone enjoyed a great fun night out.

For more information please visit the website.

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Welwyn & Hatfield Committee Ball Saturday 23 November 2013

Venue: Tewin Bury Farm

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Frequently asked questions

Capacity.

They are simply running out of space to deliver treatment due to the increase in complexity and amount of treatments from the local area.

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There are over 10,000 people living with cancer in the core geographic area served by the Lister hospital and over 1,500 continue to be diagnosed every year. 


There were 3,327 diagnoses made during 2011/12 alone across the whole of the East & North Herts NHS Trust (which covers 4 hospitals), which is a 42% increase from the 2009/10 data.

Source: Outline Business Case

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On average, the Lister sees approx 220 chemo patients per week and 11,000 per year. There are a variety of figures used to represent the growth of cancer demand in the local area. 6% is the generally accepted mid-point statistic from the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group (NCAG).

For oncology and haematology outpatients, data for 2012/13 suggests that demand has increased between 10% to 25% monthly. The new centre will be set up so that it can respond to this demand.

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While there are no exact figures available, we can assume that each patient referred to Mount Vernon will travel over 500 miles more than had they been treated at the Lister. With further assumptions made on car costs, etc, this could equate to over £230 of additional costs borne by each referred patient.

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The brilliant staff at the Forster Suite - the current chemotherapy suite - are re-configuring the space available (eg staff giving up their toilet and office) as much as possible to improve patient experience but this is a short-term emergency fix only and not sustainable.

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52% of the patients who accessed chemotherapy treatments at the Lister from July 2012 to Jan 2013 were below the age of 60.

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This build links in with the larger Survivorship Programme worked on by Macmillan and the East & North Herts NHS Trust. There are plans for the future to further integrate cancer services in the East & North Herts area.

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The project will commence in July / August 2013, with the building complete and official opening planned for approximately April 2014.

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The NHS Framework has been followed – Procure 21+. This means that a selection of contractors have been pre-approved through OJEU (European procurement) and can be selected on projects such as the Lister build.

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Macmillan Cancer Support is proud to work in partnership with the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust on the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre.

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