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Cancer Care Centre Official Opening

Newsdate: 19 April 2016Cancer Care Centre

The Cancer Care Centre at Wigan Infirmary will be officially opened on Friday 22 April in a celebratory event hosted by WWL. 

An award-winning endeavour by our Trust, the building has been operational for patients for just over a year and celebrated its first birthday in January. The building was made possible by a solid partnership between WWL, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and MacMillan Cancer Support. It opened to patients in January 2015.

The purpose of the centre was to provide the people of the Wigan Borough a place where they could undergo chemotherapy treatment closer to home, rather than having to travel to Manchester. It cost £5 million to build and the ground-breaking development project was carried out by Barnes Construction.

The event will begin at 1.30pm at the Centre and will involve a number of influential people who work at the building giving an insight into their experiences there.  The Centre will be officially opened by Dr Andrew Wardman MBE.

A number of high-profile visitors from across the Borough have also been invited to help us to celebrate our success. These include local MPs such as the Rt Hon Lisa Nandy (MP for Wigan) and The Rt Hon Yvonne Fovargue (MP for Makerfield). The former Mayor of Wigan Cllr Phyllis Cullen is attending, as is the current Madam Mayor, Cllr Sue Louden.

As well as influential people within the Borough, many of the hard-working WWL staff and volunteers who have helped to ensure the success of the Centre will be on hand to join the ceremony. We have also invited donors and trustees who helped to ensure that the building came to fruition. The success of this project could not have been achieved without them and it is only fitting that they should be involved.

In addition to the opening of the Centre, Cllr Cullen will also be invited to open our brand new Cancer Care Centre Sensory Garden. This is an area where patients undergoing chemotherapy can go to relax during their treatment. We sincerely hope that our patients will benefit tremendously from this wonderful addition to the Centre.Cancer Care Centre Staff   

Lead Chemotherapy Nurse, Leonora Anson, has been heavily involved in the building’s operation. She said, “I am very happy that we get to officially open this outstanding building. The success the building and its services have enjoyed since it was opened to patients is a tremendous testimony to the hard work and dedication of the people who work here.”

WWL Lead Cancer Nurse, Janet Irvine, is also thrilled that the building will be officially opened. “I am looking forward to us being able to officially open this magnificent facility. Personally, I would like to thank all staff and volunteers who have made the operation of the services we provide run so smoothly. I would also like to thank the Christie, Macmillan and WWL for their strong partnership and collaboration in making this project a possibility. We are also able to open our fantastic Sensory garden, which we hope our patients will be able to take advantage of, helping them to relax during their treatment.”

WWL Chairman, Robert Armstrong, also gave his thoughts on the official opening of the Cancer Care Centre, “On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank everybody who has made the construction and successful running of this facility a possibility. These include our hard-working consultants, our compassionate nursing staff and our dedicated volunteers. I would also like to thank the various donors and trustees who very generously helped us gather the resources required to complete this ambitious project.

“The aim of building this fantastic facility was to provide Cancer patients in our Borough a place where they could undergo chemotherapy closer to home, rather than having to make the journey to Manchester. We have achieved this. This has all been made possible by strong collaboration with our superb partners; Macmillan Cancer Support and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Together, we endeavour to provide patients in our Borough the first-class care that they deserve.”