Health bosses at a Leeds cancer centre have pledged to offer improved support to people affected by the disease following a £260,000 revamp.
The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Leeds St James’s Hospital reopened today following a refurbishment funded by Macmillan Cancer Support that has created a new quiet room, a larger meeting room and a salon for patients experiencing hair loss.
A full redecoration of the facility is also hoped to make some of the 4,000 people it sees annually feel more at home.
The centre, based behind the Thackray Medical Museum, offers services such as support groups, yoga classes, counselling and hypnotherapy to help people affected by cancer.
Louise Fisher, supportive care coordinator, said: “The whole place has had a facelift, it feels calmer and brighter when people come in. We’re open for every stage of the journey.”
Services and support groups were transferred to St James’s Bexley Wing as the centre closed for three months up until January to undergo the revamp but it is now back open.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Julian Hartley said: “I know patient care will improve as a result of this refurbishment, which is fantastic.”
The centre opened in 2000 thanks to an £850,000 grant from businessman Sir Robert Ogden, who was among the guests at today’s relaunch along with TV presenter and cancer survivor Christine Talbot, volunteers, service users and staff.
Cancer patient Ian Cockerham, 63, from Moortown, added: “It’s the camaraderie from speaking to others that helps. It’s the least negative place I’ve ever been.”
For more on the centre’s free services – no appointments are needed – call 0113 2066498.