Thanks to the incredible support of the Charity's kind fundraisers, the new Haematology and Oncology Day Unit has opened at Solihull Hospital following a successful £150,000 fundraising appeal.
The new centre was officially opened by Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Black Sabbath legend and Ward 19 Patron Tony Iommi, and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.
The new unit has been designed specifically with patient needs in mind and will offer a more peaceful and comfortable environment for patients to receive chemotherapy. The unit has its own entrance and garden area, offering patients privacy and peace whilst they receive their treatment.
Before the new unit opened, most chemotherapy patients were treated on Ward 19 at Heartlands Hospital or at the Sheldon Unit at Good Hope. Recent years have seen a greater need for chemotherapy treatment at Heartlands and the new unit will ease pressure on Ward 19.
Justine Davy, Head of Fundraising at Solihull Hospital Charity, said: "Thanks to the amazing support of the Charity's supporters, we raised £150,000 to provide 24 comfortable treatment areas for the unit. These areas will allow patients to receive treatment in comfort, helping improve their experience on the unit."
The Charity is continuing to provide 'added extras' for the new unit, and is fundraising for seven additional new chemotherapy areas for the unit.