As a result of the new centre, more than twice the number of chemotherapy patients are being treated at Cromer Hospital than before.

The centre, which features original murals by award-winning local artist Eloise O’Hare, was designed to feel less clinical than a traditional hospital environment, to emphasise its function as a multipurpose, welcoming space where patients can relax, talk to others in a similar situation and take advantage of the non-medical support and advice provided by the onsite Macmillan Information and Support Centre.

Though the decision was taken not to target BREEAM accreditation, a pre-assessment was undertaken and the building has been designed in line with requirements to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating, to ensure that the building is as sustainable as funds allowed.

The building, which saw the refurbishment and extension of a disused ward, has been named the North Norfolk Macmillan Centre.

LSI worked closely with Macmillan Cancer Support and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals (NNUH) to develop the extension and refurbishment of the existing Davison Unit, which provides:

  • Six chemotherapy treatment chairs with capacity to treat up to 36 patients a day.
  • Three new clinic rooms and two new minor procedure rooms, creating an additional 10,000 outpatient appointments annually.
  • A Macmillan cancer information and support centre.

The new unit has also freed up space in the main Cromer Hospital building, helping to deliver an extra 600 surgical procedures in dermatology, urology, vascular surgery and pain management.

With an envisaged 10,000 outpatient appointments taking place annually this will relieve the pressure on the other service providers locally and create new employment opportunities.


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