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Breast Unit takes another step forward

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has invited bids from companies interested in building Worcestershire’s new breast unit.

Work on the breast centre was given the green light at the end of last year after the Worcestershire Breast Unit campaign reached the £1.3 million mark towards its £1.8 million fundraising target.

The breast centre will be based in 220 Newtown Road which is in the far corner of the Worcestershire Royal Hospital site. Companies are being asked to bid for refurbishing the building and turning it into a state of the art treatment centre for patients with breast cancer.

Harry Turner, chairman of the Trust said: “We are delighted we have reached the next stage of the Worcestershire Breast Unit development. I am extremely grateful to the thousands of people who have raised money for the unit over a number of years. We are now extremely close to seeing the dreams of the Worcestershire Breast Unit campaign becoming a reality.”

Fiona Charny, Chair of the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign, said: “The support from the community has continued to amaze us – the shopping list for kitting out the interior has proved to be very popular. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed towards this project so far.”

The new breast unit is due to open this autumn. It will provide treatment for men and women with breast cancer in private and welcoming surroundings including a private garden. It will reduce the number of locations patients currently have to attend and help relieve stress for patients.

The Breast centre will include a Haven unit offering free, one-to-one, emotional support and complementary therapies for people affected by breast cancer. As well as helping people deal with their diagnosis and subsequent treatment, The Haven also offers support to close family members and friends. Their aim is to offer relief to the side-effects of breast cancer treatment and to help with dealing with the emotional impact of a diagnosis.