Across the UK, Macmillan's regional teams have been working hard to provide the very best environments for people affected by cancer. Many of these have been awarded a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark® (MQEM). Here, we take a look in more detail at some of those gold-standard environments.
The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough received the award in 2015 roughly 18 months after opening. All of the furniture was chosen by patients, as were fixtures and art works.
In June 2014, we saw the award presented to the Radiotherapy Department in the Leeds Cancer Centre at St James's Hospital. The MQEM® assessment highlighted the 'well designed' spaces within the department and overall standard of patient care and support.
The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre at St George's Hospital in London opened in July 2011 and has held a MQEM® award since its assessment in 2012. The assessors described the centre as: 'A lovely little information centre that works well in the limited space they have available.'
Western General Hospital in Edinburgh is among 26 sites in Scotland to receive this prestigious award. Julie Reid, Senior Charge Nurse, said: 'It's nice for the patients to see they are coming into a centre recognised by Macmillan as being a safe and supportive environment. Our team goes above and beyond on a daily basis in the work they do.'
The Macmillan Information and Support Centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan also received the award. Amanda Coathup, coordinator for the centre said: 'It is an absolute delight to receive this prestigious award.' For Macmillan's Senior Development Manager for Wales, Yvonne Lush, 'Cancer centres like this make it easier for people affected by cancer to access the information and support they need.'
The Breast and Endocrine Unit at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald received their mark in May. The MQEM® judges said the 'one stop' approach to diagnosis was an excellent service, which 'should be replicated throughout the UK'. They were impressed with the layout of the unit, which they said supported the 'cutting edge technology on offer with thoughtful design' and made the best of the space available.
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