New Breast Unit at The QEH to benefit 1000s of patients

An improved, refurbished and welcoming environment awaits Breast Unit patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn as it opens its new Breast Unit.

The new unit, officially opened by Charles Hunniford, brother of TV personality Gloria, and representing the Caron Keating Foundation, boasts a number of improvements which will benefit both patients and staff for years to come.

The new and dedicated unit means that facilities are no longer shared with other departments and includes more spacious clinic rooms, examination rooms, a second ultrasound room complete with new ultrasound machine, and a treatment room. Patients and staff will also benefit from the introduction of a dedicated counselling room and fitting room, a seminar room and improved office space and reception facilities as well as a range of new equipment.

Consultant Breast Care Surgeon Amy Burger said “It is incredibly fulfilling for all the Breast Unit staff to see this new unit move from a vision to a reality.

“We see over 12,000 patients every year with a number of different breast related conditions, including breast screening patients, and it is fantastic that we can now provide an environment for them which is comfortable and matches the level of service that we are passionate to provide”.

The unit cost in the region of £650,000 to build, with half of that sum being funded by the very generous donations of a large number of current and former patients, their families and other members of the community.

One donation was made on behalf of The Caron Keating Foundation, a charity set up to support cancer related causes by Caron’s mother Gloria Hunniford and other members of her family following her death as a result of breast cancer in 2004.

The late Caron’s Uncle, Charles Hunniford said “It is a pleasure for our foundation to be able to give to good causes such as this.”

“To know that our donation has been used to benefit so many people who use this service and receive support from the Breast Care team at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, is incredibly rewarding.”

Edward Libbey, Chairman added “Our new Breast Unit is the latest in a number of improvements here at the hospital as we strive for excellence in all that we do.

“I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to everyone who has made donations to our Breast Care fund over recent years, to Charles for joining us for the opening of the unit and to everyone involved in bringing this new department to life, from building contractors through to our excellent breast care team, past and present.”

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