Patients and staff will be raising a cup to mark the start of building work on The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at the Friarage Hospital this Friday (29 September) as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
The annual Macmillan Cancer Support charity event this year coincides with construction getting underway on the new multi-million pound cancer centre at the hospital, which is being funded by local philanthropist Sir Robert Ogden, Macmillan and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Between 10am and 12 noon, staff, patients and members of the public can make a donation to Macmillan as they enjoy cake and a hot drink in the hospital hub, whilst also viewing enhanced plans for the centre.
They will be joined by Lady Halifax, President of Macmillan Cancer Support and Siobhan McArdle, Chief Executive of the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Siobhan McArdle said: “We are very excited that, in partnership with Macmillan, Sir Robert and Lady Ogden and Interserve, we are now starting to see this ambitious project come to life on our Friarage site.
“The fact it coincides with Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning makes it the perfect time to celebrate the progress being made on the centre, which will enable us to further enhance our delivery of cancer services closer to the population we serve.
“This new development, which staff and patients will see beginning to take shape over the coming months, demonstrates our long-term commitment to delivering clinically safe and sustainable services to the people of Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby and the surrounding area from the hospital.”
The centre will cost in the region of £10m, providing a modern, state-of-the-art facility for cancer patients, their carers’ and relatives and include a chemotherapy treatment lounge with capacity to treat up to 35 patients a day, complementary therapy facilities and treatment and consulting rooms.
A Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre and supporting accommodation for patients, which will include telemedicine facilities, will also be key features of the development.
Brian Durlik, 57, of Richmond, underwent both surgical and chemotherapy treatment for bowel cancer in 2016. His cancer diagnosis also led to the discovery of a faulty aortic valve, upon which he had successful heart surgery earlier this year.
Mr Durlik said: “The Macmillan Centre which is being built at Northallerton will be of enormous benefit to patients, as it will provide a place where anyone who is affected by cancer, directly or indirectly, can openly discuss and get advice from a highly competent and very dedicated team of Macmillan nurses.
“Throughout my treatment, the support both me and my wife have received from the consultants and other nurses at the South Tees Trust has been incredible. I was amazed at their professionalism, selfless commitment and the caring attitude they gave, not just to me but to all patients in their care. I hold them all in the very highest esteem and cannot thank them enough.”
Paul McCavana, Macmillan Head of Services in the North, said: “This is a landmark moment for this project and we’re delighted to mark the occasion with a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
“When completed next year, this building will offer state-of-the-art support for many local people living with cancer. We’re very grateful to Sir Robert and South Tees Hospitals for helping to turn plans into a reality.”