Work under way on new hospital unit

Member of the Trust exec team, nursing staff, League of Friends BVH and Blue Skies Hospitals Fund view the site
Member of the Trust exec team, nursing staff, League of Friends BVH and Blue Skies Hospitals Fund view the site
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CANCER patients are set to benefit from a new oncology and haematology unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital thanks to help from two charities.

The unit is being built in an area which housed Theatres Three and Four.

Representatives from trust charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund – which donated £195,000 and the League of Friends for Blackpool Victoria Hospital – who donated £125,000 – have been shown around the site.

The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund also donated £21,373, which will be spent on furniture and equipment for the haematology day unit.

Karlyn Forrest, directorate manager for specialist medicine, said: “This will be a fantastic improvement from where patients currently go.

“The unit will have a rapid turnover, but the new environment should mean a more streamlined service for patients.”

Kathy Ancell, head of fundraising at Blue Skies, said the donation was possible thanks to the “generosity and commitment” of fundraisers across the Fylde coast.

Larry O’Hara, chairman of the League of Friends, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to help. It is down to a kind legacy from a lady called Doris Mitchell, who left her house to the League of Friends – realising £118,766. We feel the new unit will offer greater privacy and therefore respect for patients.”

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