CHICHESTER will benefit as a Teenage Cancer Trust unit is given the final approval by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, specifically designed to help young cancer patients living in the area.
The specialist, state-of-the-art unit, to be built at Southampton General Hospital, will enable patients aged 16 to 24 to be treated with others their own age for the first time.
The multi-million pound development will create an environment more suited to their needs, with up to ten beds for those living across the South, in areas including Chichester, Bognor and Midhurst.
By almost doubling the size of each of the six en-suite inpatient bedrooms it will allow family and friends to stay over, making each visit more comfortable for the young patients.
Major work will be undertaken at the hospital to create four day care spaces and recreational rooms as well as a kitchen with a family lounge area.
Simon Davies, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Today is a real milestone for Teenage Cancer Trust. The development of this unit has been a long time coming and local communities and businesses have worked tirelessly to help us get to this stage and we are incredibly grateful for their support.”
Enabling work has already begun and the main construction of the new building begins in October, with completion set for summer 2013.
Once open the Southampton Teenage Cancer Trust unit will compliment the 21 other specialist units the charity has built in NHS hospitals since 1990 and will help young cancer patients across the South have access to the dedicated, specialist support they need.
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For more information visit http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/ or call 020 7612 0370.