Gleaming new Vic unit wins approval

The opening of the new Haematology and Oncology Day Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, by British Paralympian Shelly Woods.
The opening of the new Haematology and Oncology Day Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, by British Paralympian Shelly Woods.
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A new cancer unit has been officially opened after receiving an investment of close to £500,000.

The curtain at the combined haematology and oncology unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital (BVH) was unveiled by St Annes Paralympian Shelly Woods yesterday afternoon.

The unit, which has been operating since January, was built after a six figure investment - including £110,000 left to the League of Friends of BVH in a will by a lady called Doris Mitchell.

The new centre, which is three times the size of the previous separate haematology and oncology units, mean the hospital will be able to cope with more patients in a more relaxing environment.

Dr Paul Kelsey, consultant haematologist at BVH, said: “The patients are very positive and it’s clearly a lot less cramped and cluttered.

“It’s a lot more relaxed and the patients have more opportunity to come in with loved ones.” Almost £200,000 was given to the project by the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

Its head of fundraising, Kathy Ancell, said: “The space that they’ve got here is going to make a massive difference.

“Supporting something and seeing the impact of it is great for us.”

Larry O’Hara, from the League of Friends of BVH, said: “The old unit was really third world stuff and not good enough for this community.

“When people do leave money to us we do make sure that the community benefits.”

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