Our vision is a place where our patients and their loved ones are supported and cared for by experts throughout their cancer journey. All cancer services will be centralised in a single complex so we can care for everyone, regardless of cancer type, severity or prognosis. Chemotherapy, haematology and radiotherapy will be brought together under one roof for the first time in an environment which is welcoming, comfortable and efficient. To complete our holistic approach, a unique Wellbeing Centre will provide complementary therapies, counselling, advice and support for patients and their loved ones.
This vision is now being realised as building work has begun. The official name of the chemotherapy and haematology suite has also been unveiled. It will proudly be known as The Collingwood Centre and we hope to welcome our first patients by winter 2019.
The Collingwood Centre is not just bricks and mortar. It is about the people who use it and the care given to patients and their families. We know people don’t want to come to hospital, but we want their experience to be as good as it possibly can. At its core, the centre will be somewhere that combines first-class, multi-disciplinary NHS treatments in a therapeutic environment.
The Wellbeing Centre will be a hub for knowledge, comfort and support. It is going to be purpose built in an easily accessible location for all patients.
The centre will offer complementary therapies such as massage, aromatherapy and relaxation classes free of charge. Workshops provided by voluntary organisations to help patients express and understand how they feel about their illness are being planned. Support groups such as Look Good Feel Better and Talking Heads will also allow opportunities to share experiences and anxieties.
Wellbeing will focus on our patients’ needs. We aim to support each and every patient by providing a wide range of complementary services. A tailored approach will help patients and their families cope with their diagnosis and treatments, as well as preparing them for life after cancer.
Fundraising is ongoing and we still have approx. £100,000 left to raise so we can complete the campaign. We are asking everyone concerned about cancer to join us in this final stage of fundraising. There are many ways that you can help us achieve the final target. Click a button that appeals to you:
If the fundraising target is not reached or is exceeded, funds raised to date will be used to improve facilities and services for chemotherapy and haematology patients at Colchester Hospital in line with the aims and ambitions of the fundraising appeal. Should you have any concerns please contact us.