A new chemotherapy treatment centre is being built at Broomfield Hospital.
The state-of-the-art centre will allow the hospital to see more cancer patients in a welcoming environment, whilst keeping them safely distanced.
The impressive new centre is costing £1.2 million and is set to be completed and open to patients in May.
This area will be larger than the existing one, increasing the number of chemotherapy stations in its day unit from 14 to 18 chairs and two beds, which means patients will receive their treatment more quickly. As well as giving them more space, it will also give patients more privacy and dignity.
As well as much-needed additional patient space it will also include an outpatient consultation suite with two consultation exam rooms and two interview rooms.
Lisa Villiers, Macmillan Nurse Consultant Chemotherapy at Broomfield, said: “We’ve really listened to patient feedback and they’ve told us that they would like a light and calming environment, a spacious waiting area and car parking next to the unit. It’s a really positive move and will create a more suitable environment to meet patient needs.
“It will give us more space to treat patients and help cut the waiting time for patients to start chemotherapy.”
There will also be a staff changing area, staff rest areas, toilets and staff offices, and the new centre will have its own chemotherapy preparation pharmacy room and a member of the pharmacy team based within the development.