CANCER services have improved for Blackpool patients with the opening of a new £500,000 Oncology and Haematology Unit.
The first people have now been welcomed into the state-of-the-art facility at Blackpool Victoria Hospital (BVH), which is more spacious and modern than the previous centre, used by patients undergoing treatments including chemotherapy.
The unit was given a seal of approval by the first patients to walk through the door, Shirley Lord and Anna Farrar, both of South Shore, and members of staff.
Shirley, 73, has been having treatment for cancer for more than a year. She said the new unit was a major improvement.
She added: “It is far better than the room we used to have, which was a bit cramped. This is far bigger and far brighter and much easier to move around in.”
Anna, 74, who herself worked at The Vic for more than 30 years, is being treated for leukaemia.
She said: “It’s a lovely unit and I am sure the staff will enjoy working in it.”
Sister Sue Faul added: “It’s a much nicer environment for patients and staff and will definitely enhance patient care. There is far more space than we had before and there are more side rooms for specialist treatment areas which will enhance privacy and dignity for our patients.”
The unit cost around £500,000 in total, with Blue Skies Hospitals Fund putting £195,000 towards the costs and the League of Friends at BVH providing a further £125,000.
The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund also donated £21,373 towards the build, which will be spent on furniture and equipment for the unit.