01/03/2019 | Announcements

Cancer centre construction gathers pace

Colchester Hospital’s new state-of-the-art cancer centre will continue to take shape next week.

As part of the construction of the Collingwood Centre, more steel work will be craned into position on the site in the coming days.

The project has been funded with thanks to the Cancer Centre Campaign, a £3.25million appeal run by the Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity which first launched in 2014. The multi-million pound facility, which will be open by the end of this year, will support patients in north Essex through diagnosis and treatment for cancer, as well as their loved ones

From Monday (4 March) a crane will be at the back of the Colchester Hospital site in between the back of the Radiotherapy department and the main entrance to the Breast Unit to move the steel girders into position that will form the structure of the building,

Nick Chatten, acting Director of Estates and Facilities at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs Colchester Hospital, said:

Due to the location of the crane, the vehicle drop off zone for patients arriving at the Breast Unit will be closed for approximately 10 days, but there will still be access through the main doors of the unit as usual. All other traffic will be able to access the hospital site as normal.

It is exciting to see the building taking shape and the progress we’re making with the build, but we do apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause and appreciate our patients and staff bearing with us while construction is underway.

There is still £182,000 left to raise to finish the fundraising campaign to build the Collingwood Centre and Colchester Hospital’s new Wellness Centre, which will offer counselling and support services to patients and their families.

To find out how you can support the Cancer Centre campaign, visit www.colchesteripswichcharity.org.uk/cancercentrecampaign/

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