22/10/2020 | Press releases

Share your views and help shape our new breast care centre

Patients, carers and the public are being invited to share their views on the look and feel of a new state-of-the-art £5.3 million breast care centre which is being planned for Ipswich Hospital.

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs the hospital, is asking anyone who would like to help influence the colour schemes, lighting, flooring and furnishings used in the centre to fill in a short survey.

The survey is available here and will run until 30 November.

The survey has been launched shortly after ESNEFT submitted a planning application for the centre to Ipswich Borough Council.

If permission is granted, it will open in spring 2022 and will bring all elements of breast care at Ipswich Hospital under one roof, including the clinic, imaging department and breast screening. This means that patients will no longer need to walk backwards and forwards between the departments as they do now, often needing to get dressed and undressed again and spend longer in waiting rooms.

Kim Collingridge, lead breast care nurse specialist, said: “This new centre will make a huge difference to our patients by giving them an environment which matches the exceptionally high standards of care they receive from our clinical teams. As such, we are very excited that our plans are starting to gather pace.

“We are now asking people who will be using the centre how they would like it to look and feel. Please take a few minutes to fill in this survey so that we can make sure the new build will meet the needs of our patients while providing a calming and comfortable environment in which to receive care.”

The centre is being jointly funded by ESNEFT and Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity’s Blossom Appeal, which have together raised £4.1m so far.

The Trust and charity are now appealing for the public’s support to raise the remaining £1.2 million. To find out how you could help, visit http://colchesteripswichcharity.org.uk/breast/

The breast care centre is one of a number of building developments planned for Ipswich Hospital.

In addition, proposals are in place to create a new urgent treatment centre and emergency department. Thanks to another partnership between ESNEFT and Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, a new children’s unit will also be built.

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