Macmillan’s new cancer support center at KGH welcomes its first patient
A state-of-the-art Macmillan Cancer Support Center at Kettering General Hospital has welcomed its first patient.
Shaped by local people living with cancer, the brand new center brings together a range of vital cancer information and support services under one roof.
It fills a much needed gap in support for the 24,000 people living with and beyond cancer in the county.
Leanne Hills, from Stanwick, was the first patient through the doors. The 43-year-old met Macmillan Cancer Information Specialist Danielle Mellows in person for the first time after weeks of phone conversations as Danielle helped her come to terms with her breast cancer diagnosis.
She said: ‘When I was first told I had cancer I was alone and had nowhere to go so I went and sat in my car and drove straight to work and I burst into tears.
“If I could have gone to a Macmillan center after hearing this news and had somewhere I could go and get mad and then leave through the back door, that would have helped. I’m so glad this room is there for others.
The center will provide cancer information, practical and emotional support and benefits advice, as well as hosting the wig fitting service and other support services.
Leanne described the center as “light and welcoming” and praised the private room designed for individual emotional support.
She said: “So much thought has gone into this little building. This will help so many people. »
The center was designed by GSS Architecture and funded by Macmillan and the Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Rachel Atkinson, Macmillan Partnership Manager for Northamptonshire, said: “Cancer can affect every part of your life, not just your health, so it is vital that we support patients equally with their clinical and non-clinical needs.
“This fabulous facility provides a comfortable space where our highly trained staff can meet the different needs of those diagnosed with cancer, allowing us to do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.
Ruth Giles, Cancer Nursing Manager at Macmillan, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome people to this fantastic new centre. Our patients will truly benefit from the type of comprehensive care and support provided by Macmillan, which will complement the clinical care provided by our hospital teams.
Andrew Vallis, Associate and Project Architect at GSSArchitecture, added: “We are delighted to see the center open and welcoming visitors through its doors. GSS is extremely proud to have participated in such an important program that will truly make a difference for people living with and affected by cancer.
“It was a pleasure to work with Macmillan Cancer Support, Kettering General Hospital and Marshdale Construction to develop this calming and welcoming center which will be of great benefit to the area.”
The centre, located near the main entrance to the hospital’s outpatient departments, is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. You can also contact the center on 01536 493888 or email [email protected]