The Macmillan Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital will be officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG on Tuesday 14 May.
The £2.4m state-of-the-art cancer centre first opened to patients in August 2017, delivering first-class information, support and treatment for local people with cancer. The expanded and refurbished centre includes a Macmillan Information and Support service, a spacious waiting room, several consulting rooms for increased privacy and large treatment bays.
The Duke of Kent will be shown around the centre, meeting staff, patients and donors who supported the original fundraising appeal. In addition he will be shown around the newly-created garden area which has recently been transformed by a team from local charity The Malcolm Whales Foundation. The team, made up of young people and local business representatives have turned a gravel patch into an inviting and tranquil space for patients and staff to use.
Rob Hughes, Chairman of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “We are extremely honoured and pleased to be welcoming His Royal Highness. We are looking forward to sharing with him how our patients are receiving greater support on their cancer journey – particularly through our survivorship programme which has been developed in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support.”
Gwyneth Tyler, Macmillan Head of Services in the South and East added: “We are thrilled His Royal Highness has agreed to officially open the centre. It’s a fantastic facility that offers emotional, practical and financial support to cancer patients. But it’s thanks to the continued support from people locally, who fundraise for us and donate so generously, that we were able to help fund this project.”
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