Work on a new £5 million cancer and haematology centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has been completed on schedule and under budget, it was revealed today.
The Lingen Davies Centre, which has been paid for by the people of Shropshire and Mid Wales, will fully open for patients on Monday. In April phase one of the project saw the chemotherapy day centre opened.
The final phase of the project, a two-storey building includes a new reception area, an outpatient unit for haematology, head and neck, and oncology patients as well as the day unit for chemotherapy.
Julia Clarke, lead director for the project, said: “It’s been a long road to get to this point and a lot of hard work has been put in by a lot of people, but we are delighted with the finished building,
“The new building will provide a single integrated facility for outpatients, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, with over 40,000 patient visits every year.
“The new centre has been designed to make the most of natural light and ventilation, green spaces and airy spacious rooms.
“The environment has been designed to provide a healing, calming environment and has involved patients, carers and staff throughout the process.
“The building has been completed on time and slightly under budget. I must also offer thanks to all our charity partners who have made this all possible.”
The Lingen Davies Cancer Centre Appeal raised almost £3.3 million, and appeal leaders also fronted a campaign to raise more than £350,000 for equipment for the new centre and to provide en-suite facilities for head and neck cancer patients in the new unit at the Princess Royal Hospital.
Sarah Faulkner, oncology and haematology centre manager, said: “Our patients will notice a marked difference in the environment where they will now be undergoing their treatment. It really is a first class facility.”