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Building work set to start on new cancer centre in Northallerton

It will be named the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre - after the North Yorkshire philanthropist who is jointly funding the project. Photo: Macmillan

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:

I am extremely pleased to be involved in one more project with Macmillan Cancer Support.

Another Centre in Yorkshire will come to reality where many people suffering with cancer from a vast area will receive the treatment and support they need and deserve, bringing them some feeling of wellbeing and comfort during the most difficult time of their lives.

– Sir Robert Ogden

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:

We’re delighted the planning authority has given this scheme the go-ahead.

This is the start of an exceptionally exciting time for the development of cancer services at the Friarage and will help us to provide the highest quality of care possible for our patients in a dedicated environment.

– Dr Angela Wood, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Building work is expected to start this summer, with the project due to be completed in the summer of 2018.