09:30AM, Wednesday 19 October 2016
A newly refurbished, double capacity chemotherapy unit at Wexham Park Hospital was opened by Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart on Friday.
Following a £440,000 expansion programme, the Eden Day Unit has now doubled in size, containing 16 comfortable reclining chemotherapy chairs opposed to its original eight.
The remodelling also includes new chemotherapy pumps, bright white walls, televisions, a quiet area for patients to relax and read, and a new waiting area for relatives.
The expansion for the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust hospital was paid for by Frimley Health Charity, which received a grant from the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund.
The Eden Day Unit is used by about 25 patients daily, providing chemotherapy and complementary therapies for blood disorders, tumours and cancer.
The unit remained open while the four month expansion was carried out.
After cutting the ribbon, Ms Mactagart, who is herself a cancer survivor, toured the new facility and chatted to patients.
A Frimley Health spokesman said: "It's a good time for Wexham Park at the moment.
"Work's started with the maternity and women's services unit expansion. We've got an emergency department in the pipeline.
"It's an exciting time for the trust."
Wexham Park's lead consultant haematologist Dr Nicola Bienz said: “We first opened the Eden Day Unit at Wexham Park Hospital eight years ago, in less than half the space available to us today.
“It was a great improvement on the very small area we had previously, but still we soon outgrew it.
“Now we have this marvellous new day unit, which is thanks to the efforts of everyone involved.
“It’s a pleasure be a part of this project, which stands a testament to the people who work here.”
The unit is currently open Monday to Friday but the trust is planning on introducing weekend services.
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