North Norfolk Macmillan Centre
A ground-breaking £4.85million cancer centre which will bring treatment and support services closer to home for thousands of people has officially opened
The North Norfolk Macmillan Centre at Cromer and District Hospital has been built as part of the local healthcare trust’s response to predictions that demand for local cancer services could increase by more than 200 per cent over ten years.
Even without the prospect of rising demand, there had long been a case for slashing travel time for people who were often making tiring and time-consuming journeys to Norwich to receive specialist care.
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There was much cause for celebration then, when local dignitaries and senior representatives of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) and Macmillan Cancer Support descended on the state-of-the-art centre for a small, official opening ceremony, ahead of a community open day for the public on Saturday 16th October.
NNUH Chairman David White and Macmillan Chief Operating Officer Simon Phillips addressed guests including Duncan Baker, the MP for North Norfolk, before cutting a ceremonial ribbon and joining clinician-led tours of the bright and airy centre, which incorporates an original 1930s hospital block formerly known as the Davison Unit.
Attendees learnt how the new centre would transform the provision of cancer care in the region, with three new clinic rooms and two minor procedure rooms allowing Cromer Hospital to offer an additional 10,000 outpatient appointments annually as well as more space for cancer diagnostics.
Patients receiving cancer treatment in one of the centre’s five new chemotherapy chairs – which have capacity to treat up to 30 people a day – can sit in the garden-courtyard at the heart of the unit, taking in the murals and plants whilst they wait for their appointment.
Funding for the centre, was provided jointly by Macmillan Cancer Support (£2.2m), the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity (£1.8m) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, whilst a donation of £600,000 from the Cromer Community & Hospital Friends has been used to purchase equipment.
Sam Higginson, NNUH Chief Executive, says: “We’d like to say thank you to our charity partners and the local community for all the support we have received in making this cancer centre come to fruition in the teeth of a pandemic. It’s a remarkable achievement by all concerned and will benefit patients in North Norfolk for years to come.”
“We would also like to thank the family of Douglas de Bootman. Mr de Bootman left £1m in his estate to the N&N Hospitals Charity and to mark his generous donation we have plans to develop the garden area behind the centre which will become the de Bootman Garden.”