Macmillan Cancer Unit completes at Tameside

Posted on January 17th, 2017

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A new purpose built Macmillan Cancer Unit at Tameside Hospital has been successfully handed over following a 26 week construction period.

Macmillan Cancer Support and Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have joined together to convert the former Ladysmith Building to provide treatment, care and support in one building for the first time. The dedicated centre will transform the services offered to patients across Tameside and Glossop.

A six-chair chemotherapy suite and a palliative care consulting room feature in the new facility with a Macmillan Information and Support Centre, complementary therapy room and other non-clinical amenities to support people affected by cancer. A prosthesis-fitting area and Headstart service where people can learn to wear scarves or hats as an alternative to wigs will be incorporated along with areas for counselling and support 

Internal features include curved walls giving a smooth flow through the building, floor to ceiling glazing panels to give added light and a spacious feeling and a hi-tech communication system.

Acting as a base for the Macmillan team, including a Lead Cancer Nurse and nurse specialists, the central hub will bring the team closer to their patients.

John Turner Construction’s in-house joinery facility manufactured and fitted the bespoke Corian reception desk, nurse base station, oak glazed screens, Corian vanity units, Integrated Panel System and Health Technical Memorandum standard fitted furniture.

An external courtyard with seating and brightly coloured planters links the Macmillan Centre to the hospital outpatient’s building.

Events have been held to fund this bespoke cancer support unit from sponsored walks to cake bakes and hair shaving competitions to bighearted donations.

Macmillan Cancer provide support for people to take back control of their lives; with those affected by cancer receiving the help they need to face the toughest fight of their life. Over 700,000 people of working age are living with cancer in the UK and over 100,000 are diagnosed with cancer each year. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will. Macmillan Cancer Support can be found at www.macmillan.org.uk.