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Building award for Southend cancer centre

13 December 2015

Health Care

A centre that supports cancer patients throughout South Essex is the recipient of a prestigious award that recognises high standards in building design.

The Macmillan Information and Support Centre at Southend University Hospital has been awarded a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) for offering high standards of care for people affected by cancer.

The award was launched in January 2010 by the charity Macmillan Cancer Support and is the first in the UK that specifically assesses how well buildings such as chemotherapy and palliative units provide support and care to people affected by cancer.

Macmillan information and support manager, Friederike Englund said: "We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award. We couldn't have done it without the help of the staff and all our volunteers. The work everyone does here is phenomenal and goes a long way to helping us maintain high standards of care for people affected by cancer."

The Macmillan Quality Environment Mark will help to ensure that people affected by cancer are treated and supported in physical environments of uniformly high quality.

The scheme is open to any healthcare providers from the public, voluntary or private sectors that operate cancer care buildings. It has been developed in collaboration with people living with cancer and organisations including the Department of Health in England.

To receive the award environments have to score highly in areas such as use of space, comfort and atmosphere, personal and social interaction and health and wellbeing as well as the quality of users' experience.  Consideration is given to such things as the greeting people receive when they come to a centre, the use of natural light and outdoor space, as well as the availability of quiet, private rooms.