Work on the Weybourne Unit begins
Work has begun at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to expand its cancer services for patients.
Construction teams on site have begun work to increase the capacity of the Weybourne Day Unit which will enable more chemotherapy treatments to take place.
The expansion will increase capacity by another 10 chairs on top of the existing 14 chairs in response to a recent increase in demand as well as a predicted national increase as identified in the hospital’s 10 year review.
Dr Robert Wade, Service Director for Oncology said: “We are really excited by this work to improve our facilities for cancer patients. This will help us to speed up treatments – with 24 chemotherapy bays instead of our current 14; more people can be treated at the same time. Cancer research is improving the treatments we can offer to patients all the time and this work will make sure that our facilities keep up with the pace of medical developments and I hope really improve the environment for all of our patients undergoing chemotherapy.”
Mark Davies, NNUH Chief Executive added: “Providing a comprehensive range of services for those with cancer is a major part of our strategy. As the regional cancer centre this development is another big step forward for all concerned.”
Current Weybourne patients are being treated in a temporary facility within the hospital whilst work takes place. The new Weybourne unit will be complete by the end of 2016.