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New cancer centre handed over to health trust

Having completed construction work on the new £3m Macmillan Cancer Centre, VINCI Construction UK has handed over to the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

The new unit at Lister Hospital, Stevenage, is built on the existing level three, and offers twice the capacity for treating cancer patients than the previous facility. In a first-time partnership, it has been jointly funded by both East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Specialist amenities for patients include; consulting and examination rooms, waiting areas, quiet rooms, a garden room, offices, diagnostics area, treatment rooms, a drug preparation area and landscaped outdoor space. Natural lighting has been incorporated to create a more calming ambience.

The steel frame structure is covered by an insulated single ply roof deck with a full height curtain wall frontage looking out onto the landscaped garden.

Alexandra Gallagher, Macmillan Quality and Service Improvement Manger for cancer, commented:

“We are overwhelmed with the standard of the facilities the new cancer centre will provide for our patients, including quiet rooms and gardens. We are currently in a unit that has now become too small for the number of patients and families that we provide care and support to. The new centre will make a huge difference to all involved and will almost double our capacity allowing us to continue to give quality care.”

Andy Broumpton, Project Manager, VINCI Construction UK, commented:

“Every life has been or will be touched by cancer, and this new facility is an essential boost to current levels of care for those receiving treatment in the area. Project success and completing the scheme to a deadline is mainly attributed to the strong working relationship we continue to develop with the Trust and also Macmillan. ”

Gwyneth Tyler, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Senior Development Manager for East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, commented:

“Cancer patients are now living much longer after their diagnosis than they did thirty years ago, which is fantastic news. But more people living with cancer means we need to develop more and better services. We are delighted with this state-of-the-art cancer centre that will continue to deliver the best ever possible care to the heart of the community and ensure that patients are not facing cancer alone.”

Part of Phase 4 of the extensive transformation at Lister Hospital, the contract was awarded to VINCI Construction under the P21+ Framework.

Date: 02/06/2014

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