Rachael Johnson (consultant onco-plastic breast surgeon), Angela Holford (specialist breast care nurse), Dorothy Hosein (chief executive), Charles Hunniford and Amy Burger (consultant onco-plastic breast surgeon). Picture: Supplied.

A new, dedicated unit for breast cancer patients has been officially opened at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. 

The unit, which cost around £650,000, will be used by thousands of patients each year.

It was officially opened on Friday by Charles Hunniford, brother of television presenter Gloria Hunniford, whose daughter, Caron Keating, died in 2004 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997.

Mr Hunniford represented the Caron Keating Foundation, a fundraising charity set-up by the family to support cancer-related causes.

A donation was made to the project on behalf of the foundation and money was also donated by patients, their families and members of the community.

The new unit has more spacious clinic rooms, examination rooms, a second ultrasound room with a new machine and a treatment room.

A hospital spokesman said it would mean patients would no longer have to share facilities with other departments.

There is also a dedicated counselling room, improved office space and reception facilities as well as a range of new equipment.

Consultant breast care surgeon Amy Burger said: “It is incredibly fulfilling for all the breast unit staff to see this new unit move from a vision to a reality. We see more than 12,000 patients every year with a number of different breast- related conditions, including breast screening patients.

“It is fantastic that we can now provide an environment for them which is comfortable and matches the level of service we are passionate to provide.”

Mr Hunniford said: “It is a pleasure for our foundation to be able to give to good causes such as this.”

Hospital trust chairman Edward Libbey added: “Our new unit is the latest in a number of improvements here at the hospital as we strive for excellence in all that we do.”