A new chemotherapy treatment centre at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, has been called “fantastic” by local MP Vicky Ford.
The centre, which was designed with the help of patients, was a £1.2 million project that has increased the capacity at the unit from 12 chairs to 16, so that more cancer patients can be cared for.
The bright new unit also has more space to maintain social distancing and patients’ privacy.
Staff now have improved facilities for their training and rest, as well as space to work more easily alongside pharmacy services.
The MP for Chelmsford visited Broomfield Hospital and met Lisa Villiers, a Macmillan nurse consultant in chemotherapy, who showed her around the unit with the hospital’s managing director, Jane Farrell.
She was also shown the hospital’s wellbeing gardens which have been a relaxing outdoor space for staff during an extremely busy year at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
Mrs Ford, who is also Minister for Children and Families, said: “It’s great to see the new chemotherapy unit up and running with an improved environment for its patients. I would like to thank all staff across the Trust who are continuing to work hard to deliver excellent care.”
Nicole Crouch, health and wellbeing lead, said: “I’m delighted that our wellbeing gardens have been such a hit with our patients and staff alike. After such a difficult time for the NHS it was good to show Mrs Ford all the work we’ve been doing to support the health and wellbeing of our brilliant staff.”