King’s Lynn’s revamped Macmillan Centre will officially open later this month, but the £840,000 renovation is already benefiting cancer patients from across West Norfolk and beyond.
Thanks to the support of local fundraisers, the facility at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital now boasts an extended chemotherapy treatment room with a new drug preparation area and fully upgraded heating, electrical and medical gas services.
Staff and patients are settling into the spacious new-look centre and Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, is due to cut the ribbon on Saturday, April 27.
Among the invited guests will be former patient Lilla Wilmerson from West Winch, who has first-hand experience of the care provided there.
The mother-of-one was unwell with what she believed was glandular fever when she was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010.
After visiting her GP in the morning, Mrs Wilmerson was taken into hospital that evening and stayed there for seven months.
“We are so lucky to have such a brilliant centre without having to travel further afield,” she said.
“They really care for you there, the staff are wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble and they have hearts of gold.
“I can’t wait to see it at the opening.”
Mrs Wilmerson, a Pilates instructor, has since organised her own fundraisers for the centre.
Mary Dowglass, Macmillan’s development manager for East Anglia said: “This exciting project will deliver wonderful new facilities for chemotherapy patients.
“We are really grateful for all the support of those who have been fundraising locally. They have made a huge difference”