29/03/2019 | Uncategorised

Cancer wellbeing centre plans submitted

Patients and their loved ones will be able to benefit from additional support and care throughout their cancer journey if plans for a new wellbeing centre are approved.

Artist impressions of the new Cancer Wellbeing Centre

A planning application has been submitted Colchester Borough Council to build the Cancer Wellbeing Centre at Colchester Hospital. It is due to open by the end of this year and will offer services and support in conjunction with the hospital’s new Collingwood Centre, which is under construction now.

Donations to the Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity Cancer Centre Campaign have made this project possible.

The appeal to raise £3.25million first launched in 2014 and the end result will give patients in north Essex a state-of-the-art cancer centre, bringing together chemotherapy, haematology and radiotherapy under one roof, alongside the wellbeing centre that will offer counselling and support services for patients and their families.

Sarah Orr, lead cancer nurse at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs Colchester Hospital, said:

We are so grateful for everyone’s support with the fundraising and we’ve worked closely with the Colchester Cancer Services User group to make sure the design of the new unit meets the needs of our patients.

The aim of the wellbeing centre is to provide vital support in a less clinical, more welcoming, relaxing and calm environment for people diagnosed with cancer, their families and carers.

It will also be used to co-ordinate booked appointments for therapies and a drop-in service for cancer patients at any stage of their journey, from diagnosis, throughout their treatment and into survivorship, for as long as the patient needs our support.

Artist impressions of the new Cancer Wellbeing Centre

The Cancer Wellbeing Centre will offer include specialist information advice, including the Macmillan Information Centre, welfare benefits advice, counselling services. The centre will also offer complementary therapies, physical activity services, hair and skincare advice, and dietary advice. It will also be a venue for self-help and support groups.

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