Turf cutting ceremony held to mark start of work on £3million Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre
PUBLISHED: 07:30 09 October 2013
Transformed cancer care across East and North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire came one step closer, with a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new £3 million cancer centre at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.
Transformed cancer care across East and North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire came one step closer yesturday, with a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new £3 million cancer centre at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.
Cancer patient, Tracey Oliver, who was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, took centre stage at the ceremony to celebrate the start of work. She was joined by Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, Oliver Heald, MP for Herts North East, councillors, mayors and fundraisers from the Lister catchment area.
The Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre will double the Lister’s chemotherapy capacity, dramatically reduce the cramped conditions for patients and staff, create a dedicated information and support centre for patients and families, as well as developing two gardens for patients to relax in while undergoing treatment.
The 38-year-old, who has been a regular visitor to the Lister for treatment, said: “I am really excited that work is starting on the new Cancer Centre. It will transform patients’ experience at a really difficult time in their lives.
“The nurses and doctors at the Lister are really great. They’re all very friendly. But waiting has been the toughest thing for me about having treatment. The waiting area is cramped. There are always people standing. The staff are fantastic but their building is not fit for purpose anymore.”
Nick Carver, chief executive of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “Improving the quality of our cancer services, as well as making them more accessible to the people of Hertfordshire, is one of the Trust’s key strategic objectives for the coming year. That’s why we’re delighted to fund jointly the new Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre. When ready next year, it will be a fantastic facility in which our staff can care for their patients - which has been made possible thanks to Macmillan Cancer Support, to whom we are very appreciative for their support.”