29 March 2017
Jackie, former GP and current project group member
An artist’s impression of the Macmillan centre in the new Stratford Hospital has been revealed.
Work has already begun on the brand-new Macmillan facility entirely dedicated to people affected by cancer. The Macmillan Information and Support Centre, to be run in partnership with South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, will provide the people of Stratford with a place that offers a wide range of support, helping people make informed choices about their treatment and care.
Designed by experts, the new Macmillan centre will provide a tranquil seating area, a dedicated information point, and a calming private room. There will also be a separate space for complementary therapies and support groups.
Jackie Jackson, 62, from Sherbourne, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and is on the project group for the whole development of Stratford Hospital.
Jackie said: ‘I was a GP at the time of my diagnosis, and a senior partner at my practice. I found a lump and went for tests. When I went for the results, they said “it’s not straightforward”. That’s when I knew there was an issue.
‘The information centre at the Aylesford Unit at Warwick Hospital was so useful once I started treatment. We’ve not had this support in Stratford before, but that’s about to change. It’s my role to make sure patients’ voices are heard and incorporated into the design and working of the new hospital, including the Macmillan centre.
Jackie said: ‘We want the new centre to be light and airy, with open spaces but with a quiet room for confidential discussions and with a larger room available for complementary therapies and group functions.'
Carole Connor, Cancer Nurse Consultant at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘Every year, over 1,500 people in the south Warwickshire area are diagnosed with cancer and around 8,100 people are living with or beyond the disease.
'And as the number of people needing treatment is increasing, so too is the need for specialist support and information at every stage of the cancer journey. That’s why we are so pleased to be working with Macmillan to build the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre based in the new Stratford Hospital.'
Sarah Diston, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in south Warwickshire, said: ‘Macmillan has put forward over £190,000 to build the centre, which is on track to open with the rest of the new hospital in summer this year.
‘What’s more, we’re also providing the centre with a cancer information and support specialist. They will be based in the centre, helping cancer patients with personalised, high-quality and accurate information, along with appropriate support to understand and act on it.
‘We couldn’t have done it without the efforts of the individuals and local businesses across the region who’ve been helping us raise funds. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their support, and encourage others to get involved, so we can do even more for people affected by cancer in our area.’