Plans to build a new £5.3million Breast Care Centre at Ipswich Hospital have been given the green light.
The new state-of-the-art centre will provide a dedicated space for breast care. It'll mean patients can see the clinic, the imaging department, and get a breast scan all under one roof.
The new centre is a partnership between NHS funding from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), the organisation which runs Ipswich Hospital, and a fundraising appeal called the Blossom Appeal by Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity.
So far 4.1 million pounds has been raised from the support of NHS funding and the local community.
However, £1.2million is still needed to complete the project.
The number of patients needing breast care is on the rise but at Ipswich Hospital there isn’t currently a dedicated clinic. The facilities at the new centre will mean patients will no longer need to walk backwards and forwards between the departments as they do now, often needing to get dressed and undressed again and spend longer in waiting rooms.
Laura Dolan was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2017.
The mum-of-three had breast surgery and eight rounds of chemotherapy. Laura is now in remission and says having the new breast care centre will make a huge difference to patients in the future.