Multi-million pound plans to build a new cancer centre at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton have been approved.
This mean building work can soon get underway on the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.
It's being named after the North Yorkshire philanthropist who is jointly funding the project with Macmillan.
Sir Robert and Lady Ogden are also contributing to the design process of the centre.
Their aim is to create a relaxing and comfortable environment to ensure patients undergoing treatment have an improved experience.
Sir Robert said:
The new state-of-the-art facility will include:
- A chemotherapy treatment lounge with capacity to treat up to 35 patients a day
- Complementary therapy facilities
- Treatment and consulting rooms
- A Macmillan cancer information and support centre
- Supporting accommodation (including telemedicine facilities)
Dr Angela Wood, strategic lead for cancer services and a consultant haematologist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added:
Building work is expected to start this summer, with the project due to be completed in the summer of 2018.