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FUNDING has been agreed for George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust to build a new cancer information centre on the hospital site.

The centre, which will cost over £30k to build, will be a place where cancer patients, their family and friends and health care workers can access the latest advice, support and information regarding the illness. It is due to open in January.

It will be located in the main entrance to the hospital and will be staffed by a full-time Cancer Support Specialist Nurse, a newly created post the Trust will appoint to in December. Additional support will be offered by the creation of a network of volunteers.

Cancer Services Manager CarolAnneTaylor said: “The building of this new centre is good news for the hospital and for local people.

“In a lot of cases, people suffering from cancer can feel very isolated and part of ensuring they receive the best levels of care is making sure they have the right levels of support and the most up to date information regarding their illness. This is something this new centre will help us to achieve.”

Cancer services at theTrust have received another boost with the appointment of two new senior nurses.

Karen Pedley recently joined the Trust in the newly created post of Matron and Lead Cancer Nurse, a position part funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. She joins the Trust from University Hospital Leicester NHSTrust.

Karen’s new role will involve translating national cancer policy into effective delivery at local level, while providing an expert nursing perspective in the planning and delivery of cancer services.

Karen is joined by new Oncology Team Leader Melanie Bowling who will be based in the Trust’s cancer outpatient’s department.

Karen Pedley said: “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to develop cancer services at theGeorge Eliot and enhancing the care we offer to patients in line with national policy, helping the service to become the best it can be.”

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