Minister tours new Harrogate Macmillan center

NADV 1404159AM7 Jane Ellison at Cancer Unit. Jane Ellison with Tricia Feber(Lead  Chemotherapy Nurse), Jon Harrison(Lead Clinician for Cancer Services) Lorraine McDonald (Macmillian), Richrd Ord (Chief Excutive), Sister Brenda McKenzie, Clare Hedges(Lead Manager for Cancer Services), Chairman Sandra Dodson.  Jonathan Walden, Nurse PractionerTracey Malton, Andrew Jones MP and Sister Teresa Hardcastle.  (1404159AM7)
NADV 1404159AM7 Jane Ellison at Cancer Unit. Jane Ellison with Tricia Feber(Lead Chemotherapy Nurse), Jon Harrison(Lead Clinician for Cancer Services) Lorraine McDonald (Macmillian), Richrd Ord (Chief Excutive), Sister Brenda McKenzie, Clare Hedges(Lead Manager for Cancer Services), Chairman Sandra Dodson. Jonathan Walden, Nurse PractionerTracey Malton, Andrew Jones MP and Sister Teresa Hardcastle. (1404159AM7)

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison visited the newly opened Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital this week.

MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones joined Mrs Ellison on a tour of the new facility which started taking patients in March.

Mrs Ellison was impressed by the state-of-the-art facility and services on offer at the unit which was built thanks to a £3million donation from Sir Robert Ogden and a £3million donation from Macmillan.

She said: “One of the things I get asked about in parliament is complimentary therapies and helping people feel better and get better.

“This is a opportunity to see how the services co-operate and how it is integrated together. Helping people with their general health and well being will help people to get better.”

The new unit has been designed in partnership with Macmillan.

Research was carried out with patients who were undergoing treatment at Harrogate Hospital to ensure their needs were met.

The centre offers chemotherapy alongside complimentary therapies and patients can access a Macmillan dietician and a welfare and benefits advisor on site.

Mr Jones said: “The feedback from patients I have spoken to is fantastic, it is a huge improvement.

“Having all the information here for patients will be a great help, facing cancer is worrying enough without worrying about other things too.”

Hospital chief executive Richard Ord said: “This facility will allow us to do more and puts us ahead of the game.”

An official opening is being planned later this year.