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Macmillan chief praises commitment to cancer care
01 August 2016

The chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, Lynda Thomas, has praised our medical staff, volunteers and fundraisers for helping to improve cancer care in Suffolk.

During a visit to the newly-opened £4.7m Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre at our hospital, she said: "I’m really impressed by the commitment of the people of Suffolk in bringing the plans for the centre to life. This has been a fantastic example of partnership working between the hospital, Macmillan, and the public."

The centre opened to patients in May and combines current outpatient chemotherapy and day services in one purpose-built centre.

Lynda was welcomed by our Deputy Chief Executive , Neill Moloney, and Pauline Meadows, Sister at the Woolverstone centre.

"We’re delighted to welcome Lynda to meet our staff and see the centre," Pauline said. "Our partnership with Macmillan has enabled us to improve cancer services at Ipswich hospital.

"Patients told us the quality of care received in the original chemotherapy unit was excellent but the conditions were cramped and there was a lack of privacy. It’s great to see the difference the new space is already having on patient experience."

During the visit Lynda Thomas and John Pearson, Macmillan’s Executive Director of Cancer Support Operations, met staff, patients and fundraisers to see first-hand some of the state-of-the art facilities, including new chemotherapy chairs, that have made a huge difference to patients undergoing treatment.

Nisa Heys, 37, from Ipswich, receives regular treatment at the hospital for a hereditary blood condition. "The new centre is beyond anything we could have wished for" she said. "During my first day of treatment in the new building I had a corner of the huge room to myself for me and mum to relax in. I had a view of the garden and the blue sky, and my feet were up in pure comfort."

Pauline said: "In the old unit we treated 30 patients a day, now we’re treating around 42 people each day. As we continue to expand our staffing this will increase even more."

There are more than 20 Macmillan staff at Ipswich Hospital and over the last five years Macmillan has invested over £1million in posts and services here.

Lynda concluded: "We are still fundraising for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre and I would urge the public to keep giving generously. As ever, Macmillan will continue working with the hospital and the public to improve services for people in the area affected by cancer."

People or businesses wishing to support the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal are being urged to call Macmillan on 0300 1000 200 or visit the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal page www.macmillan.org.uk/ipswich