17 October 2014
Macmillan has opened a new cancer information centre in the main entrance to Craigavon Area Hospital.
In addition to the new centre, Macmillan leaflets have been made available to GP practices, health centres and support groups throughout the local Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. According to the Chair of the SHSCT, Roberta Brownlee, it’s all about getting the right information at the right time: 'We want to make sure that people affected by cancer are able to make informed choices and get access to the services and support they need throughout their cancer journey.'
Craigavon’s chemotherapy unit has also been singled out for praise and a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, or MQEM. This award recognises and rewards good practice and design in cancer care settings across the UK.
The Chair of Macmillan, Julia Palca, presented staff with their award in person and told them the Mandeville Unit would be refurbished to maintain its high standards. She explained: 'When you’re in the business of improving services – like Macmillan – you can never stand still. The chemotherapy unit is housed in what was the first Macmillan-funded hospital building in Northern Ireland. I’m delighted to see that, thirteen years on, it is still winning awards and will benefit from these new improvements.'