Building work starts to create new Information and Support Centre for cancer patients in Southend
03 September 2013
Work has started today on a £650,000 building project to provide a Macmillan Information and Support Centre at Southend University Hospital.
The purpose built centre will be open in the New Year and will
provide patients, family members and carers with vital information
and support when they need it most.
Southend University Hospital provides chemotherapy and
radiotherapy treatment to patients with cancer in South Essex
acting as a 'hub' for cancer treatment in the area. Despite this
there are no formal facilities offering cancer information and
The Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support were approached by two
former patients expressing a need for an information area similar
to that provided at Basildon Hospital.
Michelle Bath, Macmillan Development Manager, said:
"Every day 19 people in Essex hear the news they have cancer,
and 10 people die from the illness. This number is set to rise, so
by 2030 the number of people living with or beyond cancer in Essex
will fill Southend United's Roots Hall stadium over eight times.
We believe no one should face cancer alone and we hope having
facilities like this new centre will go a long way to making that a
reality for the local people here in Southend."
The funds for the new centre have been met by Macmillan Cancer
Support and by Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation. Designed by
experts in developing cancer centres and with extensive patient
involvement, the centre will provide a holistic service in a calm
and non-clinical environment.
Attending the official start of work ceremony was Chief
Executive of Southend University Hospital, Jacqueline Totterdell,
"We are delighted to see work start on this vital resource which
will truly complement the service Southend University Hospital
currently provides to patients with cancer across South Essex as a
centre of excellence.
Feedback from our patients has shown that having an area which
formally provides information and support for people affected by
cancer and their families will be tremendously beneficial in
helping them deal with what can be a distressing and emotional
time. So it is really fantastic that we have been able to work
together with them, Macmillan and Southend Hospital Charity to make
their wish a reality."