The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre

Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. Every year, more than 4,000 people in Suffolk receive this life changing diagnosis. The total number of people living with or beyond cancer in Suffolk is set to exceed 56,000 by 2030. But they don’t have to go through it alone. Help us develop local cancer services like the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre at Ipswich Hospital.

Ipswich Hospital’s cancer treatment facility, the Woolverstone Wing, has been oversubscribed for years. Patients have experienced cramped conditions, had to travel for treatment, or be admitted to the hospital overnight as a result.

Lack of space has sometimes meant that it hasn’t been possible for people to have family with them during treatment, or receive information in private.

In November 2014, Macmillan Cancer Support launched an appeal to raise £3.7 million to build the new Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre for patients and their families. Work on the centre was completed in May 2016 and has transformed local cancer care.

It brings together outpatient chemotherapy, oncology and haematology services under one roof, in a new state-of-the-art facility.

The new centre allows patients to experience treatment in the best environment possible

  • There are 13 new consulting rooms which allow patients to talk privately with medical staff.
  • The new chemotherapy suites, with extra space and more treatment bays, have more than doubled the number of people who can be treated each year. There are also two new private bays for those who become ill during treatment or need more support.
  • Carefully designed rooms allow staff to spend more time treating patients, rather than manoeuvring equipment in and out of tight spaces.
  • The hardworking team now have a place to sit and relax in a dedicated staff room, helping them to return to duty refreshed.
  • Patients and their loved ones can benefit from quiet rooms, a family area and a small kitchenette.

The new centre has been shaped around the needs of the patient.

  • Our experienced design team consulted with patients, as well as staff, to ensure that the building works for everyone. Patient wellbeing has been carefully considered and planned into every aspect of the centre, from lighting to the use of colour.
  • Artwork has been specially designed, drawing inspiration from the Suffolk landscape and adding to the warm, non-clinical atmosphere.
  • A spacious new waiting area allows patients and their loved ones to relax in comfort before treatment starts.
  • The new treatment bays are bright and airy, and patients will finally have enough space to be accompanied by a loved one. This is particularly important for those who may be receiving chemotherapy for several hours at a time.
  • The centre also boasts three gardens for patients and visitors to enjoy. This allows patients to take a break from the treatment centre and get some fresh air in relaxing, pleasant surroundings.

Support the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre and help us transform cancer care for Suffolk

In the seven years since the ‘Woolverstone Wish’ was born, staff and patients have worked hard to raise funds to refurbish the unit, which has now grown into a brand new, state-of-the-art £4.7m facility. But the journey’s not over yet.

The new Woolverstone Macmillan Centre provides patients and their loved ones with the dignity they deserve, and staff with a facility they can be proud of. It would not have been possible without the incredible support and generosity of the local community.

The people and businesses of Suffolk and beyond have been baking cakes, running marathons, posing for charity calendars and much more. But we still have a long way to go. We need your help to cover the cost of the centre and develop local services in the future.

Frequently asked questions

Where have the funds come from?

The Ipswich Hospital Trust Charitable Funds have contributed £1m towards the centre including all monies raised to date from the Woolverstone Wish Appeal. In November 2014, Macmillan Cancer Support launched a new appeal for a further £3.7 million, and we still have a long way to go to achieve this goal.


Where is the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre?

Macmillan Cancer Support and Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust have built a £4.7 million cancer treatment centre at Ipswich Hospital. It is called the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre, and is situated in the Woolverstone Wing at North Entrance 15. The centre opened in May 2016 and the fundraising still continues.


What has happened to Woolverstone Wish?

Woolverstone Wish were part of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Funds and have raised more than £800k in the past seven years in support of providing refurbished cancer services at the hospital.

This team of dedicated fundraisers joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014 to help fundraise for the new Woolverstone Macmillan Centre. The group have since retired from active fundraising, handing the baton to Macmillan Cancer Support who will continue to raise money for the new centre and local cancer services.


Are Macmillan Cancer Support still fundraising?

Yes. We still have a long way to go to cover the cost of the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre at Ipswich Hospital and to improve our local Macmillan Cancer Services here in Suffolk. For more information, to make a donation or to find out how you can get involved. Please contact us on 0300 1000 200.


Where can I send cheques to?

Cheques should be made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support and sent to:
Woolverstone Macmillan Centre Appeal supporter donations
89 Albert Embankment