NNUH set to expand Cancer Services to Patients
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is set to expand its cancer services for patients this year.
NNUH has submitted planning permission to increase capacity in the Weybourne Day Unit to enable more chemotherapy treatments to take place.
The plans submitted to South Norfolk County Council if agreed will increase the capacity by another 10 bays on top of the existing 14 bays in response to a recent increase in demand as well as a predicted national increase as identified in the hospitals 10 year review.
Joanne Beven, Director of Surgery, Women, Childrens and Cancer Services, commented: We are investing £1m to add to and improve the space available, increasing the number of bays from 14 to 24. This will mean we can treat more patients and improve the environment for all patients undergoing chemotherapy. As research develops so will cancer treatments, in the past there has been only one course of treatment now there are three or four options. The increased number of bays doesnt mean there are significantly more people with cancer just that there are a greater number of treatment options available to them.
Subject to planning approval, the extension of the unit, which is currently open six days a week, will be complete by the end of Autumn 2015.