Macmillan to create new support centre at Royal Sussex County Hospital
Tenders are being sought for the construction of a three-storey building to accommodate a new cancer centre in Sussex.
Macmillan Cancer Support and Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust are planning to develop the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre in the grounds of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
The £5.7m scheme will benefit the 7,500 people diagnosed with cancer in the county every year and is being designed in conjunction with patients and medical specialists.
The facility will offer information and resources, welfare benefits advice, counselling services, complementary therapies, a hair and wig service, café and dietary advice and self help and support groups.
As well as constructing the new building, the £3.5m development contract also includes the demolition of two properties on the site.
Rob Moon, area fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Sussex, said: “Nothing like this exists at the moment for people affected by cancer in Sussex and we’re delighted to be working with the Sussex Cancer Fund and the trust on this much-needed service.
Director, Steve Richards, added: “Macmillan is committed to developing the very best cancer services and we strongly believe good quality information and the right support go hand in hand with excellent clinical care. This holistic information and support service will provide everything under one roof. It will complement the existing cancer services across the Sussex Cancer Network.”
Work is expected to start on site in October.