Cancer treatment unit officially opened

New haemotology unit at Northampton General Hospital.
New haemotology unit at Northampton General Hospital.

A state of the art cancer treatment facility officially opened at Northampton General Hospital last night.

The president of Macmillan Cancer Support, The Countess of Halifax, opened the new haemotology suite.

The unit, which has cost more than £2 million to develop, has been funded by the hospital and a charity appeal by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Chronicle & Echo and Northampton General Hospital.

Northamptonshire fundraising manager for Macmillan, Cherida Plumb, said: “It’s brilliant to see it finally open and to have the chance to recognise all of the support we have had from people. It has amazing.”

The charity campaign has raised £1.25 million so far and needs another £300,000.

Dr Sonia Swart, medical director at the hospital, said the former haemotology suite was too small and improvements were needed.

She said the charity appeal to fund improvements started when a patient gave a donation after he was treated at the old unit.

She said: “It’s taken 10 years but it’s a testament to everybody involved thats we didn’t give up on this. We have now got a unit to be proud of.”

Linda Hudson, aged 68, has been a patient at both of the units.

The grandmother of four was diagnosed non Hodgkin lymphoma in 2006 and has since raised £15,000 for the appeal.

She said: “The new unit is a very uplifting place even when you are feeling grotty. The ambience of the place is not like a hospital. It’s a much better facility for the patients and nurses.”