THE Countess of Chester Hospital hosted a ‘sod-cutting’ ceremony to mark the start of building work on a new Macmillan Support and Information Centre.
Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, was the special guest of the trust’s medical director, Dr Virginia Clough, and was given a guided tour of the hospital, prior to attending the ceremony.
The new centre – which will be built on the Countess’ hospital site near to the main entrance - will provide a purpose built base for the Macmillan Support and Information Service which started three years ago.
The service is open to anyone affected by cancer – including patients, their family and carers, the worried well and people who have completed their treatment.
Dr Virginia Clough said: “This new centre will build on the amazing work that has gone on over the last three years within the trust and it will benefit over 250,000 patients across Western Cheshire and Deeside.
“We are already helping over 60 people a month by answering their questions and worries relating to cancer, such as the financial issues associated with a cancer diagnosis, the general impact of living with cancer, and how to find support locally.
“Having this dedicated and comfortable space within the hospital will mean that we will be able to grow the service and reach even more people.”
The new building will also act as a resource centre for professionals involved in the care and management of cancer patients, and will provide generic information to those with other life limiting illnesses.
The development of the centre is being undertaken by Whitfield & Brown Developments Ltd.
Ciarán Devane joined Macmillan Cancer Support as chief executive in May 2007.