At a recent meeting of the trustees, the team were pleased to approve a grant of £20,000 to fund four chemotherapy chair spaces at the new Haematology and Oncology Day Unit at Solihull Hospital. Solihull Hospital Charity raised £150,000 towards the unit, which helps individuals receiving cancer treatments.
The new facility provides more peace and comfort for the patients that receive treatments and is a far lighter and brighter environment for them. Previously, patients from Solihull were required to travel to Ward 19 at Heartlands Hospital which treats over 8,000 patients annually, across 17 chemotherapy spaces.
The new chemotherapy centre will see a ward at Solihull Hospital renovated to a state of the art facility with up to 31 new chemotherapy spaces, increasing the number of patients that can be seen by 170%.
Consultant haematologist Dr Shankara Paneesha, who works at Ward 19, said: “It is important for our patients to be able to access services in the most comfortable way possible. The new unit at Solihull Hospital will provide a convenient and comfortable environment for patients to receive their treatment, which is a great step forward.”