Cromer expansion plans

A £4.15million proposal to build a state-of-the-art cancer care and support centre at Cromer and District Hospital was unveiled in April 2019.

In the 2015 local cancer strategy, potential demand for cancer services was forecast to increase by over 200% over 10 years.

Currently most people from the Cromer area have to travel to Norwich for treatment and the new centre will enable more people to access cancer treatment and support closer to home.

The building, which will see the refurbishment and extension of a disused ward, will be called the North Norfolk Macmillan Centre.

The centre, on the site of the former Davison Unit, will include:

  • Six chemotherapy treatment chairs with capacity to treat up to 36 patients a day.
  • Three new clinic rooms and two new minor procedure rooms, creating an additional 10,000 outpatient appointments annually.
  • A Macmillan cancer information and support centre.
  • The new unit will also free up space in the main Cromer Hospital building to deliver an extra 600 surgical procedures in dermatology, urology, vascular surgery and pain management.

A planning application will be submitted later this year and, if granted, the building work is expected to take around a year.

The majority of funding for the centre will come from Macmillan Cancer Support, which is providing up to £2.2 million and Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity, which is contributing £1.5million. The remaining £450,000 is coming out of NNUH Trust funds.

Currently, Cromer Hospital provides a range of acute out-patient and day case services and has a minor injuries unit.