2 July 2014
The official opening ceremony of the Information and Support Centre in Southend
People affected by cancer in Essex will now benefit from a dedicated Macmillan Information and Support Centre at Southend University Hospital after the official opening of the centre on Tuesday 20 May 2014.
Southend Hospital provides chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment to patients with cancer in South Essex. It is a ‘hub’ for cancer treatment in the area with patients travelling from all parts of South Essex and occasionally as far as Mid Essex for treatment. However until now there were no formal facilities offering cancer information and support at the hospital.
Former patients, Janet Wagstaff and Roger Bassett, approached the Trust and Macmillan expressing a need for an information area. They were joined by Carol Fenton, General Manager at Macmillan and Trust Chairman Alan Tobias to officially open the £650,000 centre.
Carol Fenton said: ‘Every day 19 people in Essex hear the news they have cancer, and 10 people die from the illness. Macmillan believes no one should face cancer alone and we hope having facilities like this new centre will go a long way to making that a reality for the local people in Southend.’
Southend Hospital Chief Executive, Jacqueline Totterdell, added: ‘Feedback from our patients has shown that having an area which formally provides information and support for people affected by cancer and their families will be tremendously beneficial in helping them deal with what can be a distressing and emotional time. So it is really fantastic that we have been able to work together with them, Macmillan and Southend Hospital Charity to make their wish come true.’
Find out more about the Southend Macmillan Information and Support Centre.