We opened the doors to patients in June 2017 to our new NGS Macmillan Unit, providing them with a state of the art, custom designed building within which they can receive treatment from a number of our cancer outpatient services. People are living longer and demand for cancer services is outstripping capacity and with one in two people born after 1960 expected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, something had to be done. With thanks to Macmillan Cancer Support and an incredibly generous £1.5million donation from the National Garden Scheme (NGS), this new facility provides…
- 21 treatment chairs, two treatment beds and three treatment rooms compared to the eight chairs currently available in Cavendish Suite;
- Services including Haematology, Oncology, Acute Oncology Service, Chemotherapy, selected Medical Day Case activity, Palliative Care, Respiratory Clinics;
- A calm and relaxing space providing the best environment for our staff to deliver top quality care to our patients;
- Incredible views of the Derbyshire countryside to help make treatments more bearable for our patients;
- Space for relatives and loved ones to accompany patients receiving chemotherapy and other cancer treatments;
- A Macmillan Information and Support Centre to help patients through their treatment and with other aspects of their life such as a welfare rights service and signposting to local support groups;
- Dedicated parking and drop off zone to reduce the distance our patients must walk to receive treatment;
- Close proximity to Pathology and Pharmacy to reduce time taken for tests, results and treatments.
This centre represents a huge development for our Trust that will be central to the future provision of local cancer services, in partnership with Macmillan and our NHS healthcare partners.