New £.13m suite for Sheffield cancer hospital

Weston Park Hospital - artist's impression of the new �1.3m cancer research and treatment suite

Weston Park Hospital - artist's impression of the new �1.3m cancer research and treatment suite

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WESTON Park Hospital today reveals plans for a £1.3 million state-of-the-art unit to give cancer patients the very latest treatments.

A new unit at the hospital will transform the way patients receive chemotherapy and other treatments - and keep the centre at the forefront of research.

Work is due to start on a light, relaxed and comfortable research and treatment suite in July and the hospital charity is launching its biggest appeal in more than a decade to fund it.

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “With one in three people being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, most people know someone who has been affected by cancer.

“We have called the campaign ‘Do Your Bit’ because every single donation, no matter how large or how small, will make a difference.

“The new suite marks a major step in terms of research and treatment and will enable patients to receive the most up to the minute treatments for their cancer, both now and in the future.”

The appeal has already received a kick-start with a £300,000 donation from Yorkshire Cancer Research and £100,000 from Westfield Health.

Westfield has pledged to match every cash gift pound for pound up to £250,000.

The new suite to open next March, will create a new chemotherapy treatment facility on the first floor of the hospital.

A new clinical trials area will allow the hospital to increase the number of trials it carries out.

Work will focus on early-stage trials for cancers including breast, lung, kidney, prostate and skin cancer.

The unit will also expand the hospital’s day case service which treats 50 patients every day.

Breast cancer patient Jane Jenkins, from Lodge Moor, said: “Weston Park is so welcoming. I feel very well looked after. I don’t mind having people around me when I’m having treatment, but it would be nice to have the flexibility of having some more privacy.”

Rob Coleman, Professor of Medical Oncology at the hospital, said: “We will be able to offer more trials and more novel treatments to our patients.

“It will keep Weston Park Hospital as a world leader and give patients the opportunity to access the latest treatment at the earliest opportunity.”

■ To support the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign visit www.do-your-bit.org.uk or call Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity on 0114 2265370.

■See Healthy Living on pages 16 and 17 for more.