Major Donation Will Improve Cancer Facilities At Royal Bolton Hospital

Cancer and chemotherapy facilities at Royal Bolton Hospital are set to receive an upgrade following a significant financial donation from a regional cancer charity.

The Churchill Unit at the Trust provides consultations and treatments to patients diagnosed with breast, bowel, urology, haematology cancers on their doorstep at a local and friendly unit. Patients can access chemotherapy and receive support following a diagnosis of cancer, throughout the cancer pathway.

The Trust has received a cash donation of £35,000 from CANtreat, a Warrington-based charity whose mission is to improve the quality of the treatment environment for all NHS cancer patients.

CANtreat first partnered with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in 2007 resulting in the refurbishment of the waiting area, the quiet room extension and landscaping of the gardens at the Churchill Unit.

The Trustees of CANtreat are closing down the charity and have decided to split their remaining funds between the CANtreat Chemotherapy Unit at Halton Hospital and the Churchill Unit here at Bolton.

The latest donation will be invested in further renovations of the Churchill Unit and will see a brand new entrance, new flooring, ceilings, lighting and roofing put in place to provide a significant upgrade to the facilities.

Janet Keegan, MacMillan Lead Cancer Nurse at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are very grateful to CANtreat for once again providing a generous donation enabling us to improve patient experience.   The new entrance will provide a much needed welcoming impression for patients attending the Churchill unit with the new automatic doors providing easy independent access for all.

“The waiting area on the unit is very close to the entrance and having the new, extended entrance will provide a warmer environment.”

Chris Eyres, Operations Manager at CANtreat said,

“CANtreat is very proud to be associated with the Churchill Unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital and the fine work the staff do to support their patients.”

Sarah Skinner, Charity Manager at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are very fortunate to have been supported by CANtreat over the last 13 years and we are deeply touched that the Churchill Unit was chosen as one of two cancer treatment facilities to benefit from a final donation from CANtreat before its closure.

“The planned improvements to the Churchill Unit will serve as a lasting reminder of CANtreats’s loyal support over the years and our heartfelt thanks go to the Trustees of CANtreat for their generosity and kindness.”

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