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Rigby Unit opens to boost cancer care.

THE Rigby Foundation has donated PS500,000 to champion innovative cancer care at the new Stratford Hospital.

The Rigby Unit is situated within the PS22 million hospital, which will be run by the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, in Arden Street.

The Rigby Foundation has donated PS250,000 to create a new dedicated cancer unit, as well as creating and sponsoring the annual Rigby Awards to encourage better ways of delivering cancer care in the community.

In the Rigby Unit, 12 chemotherapy treatment chairs, two emergency treatment rooms, an outpatient facility including counselling rooms, a complementary therapy room and a multidisciplinary team room have been built.

Emergency cancer patients will also now be seen in a specialist unit on one floor of the new Stratford Hospital rather than using the hospital's accident and emergency services.

Sir Peter Rigby said: "Previously, Stratford Hospital wasn't able to provide chemotherapy on-site for patients which meant they had to travel to Warwick Hospital which could be difficult, particularly for those needing treatment daily.

"The opening of the new cancer unit will change that for the better and hopefully will bring a lasting and telling improvement for local people.

"Our partnership will also provide the support needed for clinical teams to take part in cutting-edge research and development as well as trial new treatments for patients.

"This is a long-term commitment from The Rigby Foundation and looking round the hospital, I am proud of the part we have played in the opening of a state-of-the-art facility."

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From the left, Glen Burley (chief executive at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust), Jayne Blacklay (director of development at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust) and Sir Peter Rigby at the Rigby Unit

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Date:Aug 15, 2017
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