Multi-million pound plans to expand cancer services at the Friarage Hospital have been approved.
Macmillan Cancer Support has been working with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop the plans for a new cancer centre at the Northallerton hospital which have now been rubber stamped by Hambleton District Council.
North Yorkshire-based philanthropist Sir Robert Ogden is jointly funding the project with Macmillan. This is his third similar project in partnership with the charity. The building would be known as the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.
Sir Robert and Lady Ogden are also contributing to the design process of the centre and their aim is to create a relaxing and comfortable environment to ensure patients undergoing treatment have an improved experience.
Sir Robert said: “I am extremely pleased to be involved in one more project with Macmillan Cancer Support. Another centre in Yorkshire will come to reality where many people suffering with cancer from a vast area will receive the treatment and support they need and deserve, bringing them some feeling of wellbeing and comfort during the most difficult time of their lives.”
The building, which will cost in the region of £10 million, will create a modern, state-of-the-art facility for patients, carers and relatives and will include:
- A chemotherapy treatment lounge with capacity to treat up to 35 patients a day
- Complementary therapy facilities
- Treatment and consulting rooms
- A Macmillan cancer information and support centre
- Supporting accommodation (including telemedicine facilities)
The Trust’s Chief Executive Siobhan McArdle said: “We are excited to be working with Macmillan to build this fantastic facility at the Friarage. This centre will enable us to further enhance our delivery of leading edge cancer services closer to the population we serve.
“This project, along with the new MRI scanner and other planned service developments, demonstrates our long-term commitment to delivering clinically safe and sustainable services to the people of Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby and the surrounding area from our Friarage site.”
Dr Angela Wood, strategic lead for cancer services and a consultant haematologist, added: “We’re delighted the planning committee has given this scheme the go-ahead. This is the start of an exceptionally exciting time for the development of cancer services at the Friarage and will help us to provide the highest quality of care possible for our patients in a dedicated environment.”
Currently, the Friarage provides diagnostic cancer services for lung, upper GI, urology, gynaceology, lower GI, breast and haematology as well as skin cancer and brain tumours. It is also a treatment unit for colorectal, haematology, breast and lung cancer.