QEH chief executive Dorothy Hosein, left, with Alexia Mack, Gwyneth Tyler and Vicky Mitchell.

Staff, patients and volunteers at the Macmillan Care and Treatment Centre in King’s Lynn are celebrating after receiving an award that recognises high standards in cancer care building design.

The centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been awarded a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark for high standards of care.

The award scheme was launched almost five years ago by Macmillan Cancer Support. It is the first in the UK that specifically assesses how well buildings such as chemotherapy units provide support and care.

To celebrate the award, there was a gathering at the centre for staff, volunteers and people affected by cancer.

Vicky Mitchell, Macmillan joint information and support manager at the centre, said: “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award. Patient feedback played a huge role in us achieving the award and we couldn’t have done it without the help of the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly in their many and varied roles.

“The work everyone at the unit does is phenomenal and makes a huge difference to the experience of people affected by cancer in West Norfolk.”

Mary Dowglass, Macmillan development manager for Norfolk, added: “The centre was refurbished last year and is a great example of a unit that is practical, spacious and relaxing for patients.”