Legacy funds new health unit

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A NEW unit bringing services for breast patients under one roof is to be set up at West Suffolk Hospital following a bequest of nearly £200,000.

The integrated breast unit will provide facilities for assessment, imaging and diagnostics for those undergoing investigations for possible breast cancer.

The £193,000 project will be funded by the hospital Friends who were left the sum in a will.

The breast service is currently split between two different parts of the hospital with people attending outpatients for clinical assessments before they are escorted to the imaging department for ultrasounds or mammograms.

The new unit, with four clinic rooms and two quiet rooms, will see both functions moved into one place.

Eamonn Coveney, consultant breast surgeon, said the facility will free up about 20 outpatient clinic rooms every week.

He said: “The new unit will make a huge difference to the experience our patients have during what can be a difficult time for them.

“Bringing these services into one place will also make them more convenient for people to access while improving levels of privacy.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Friends for choosing this important project to benefit from this generous legacy.”

The integrated breast unit was one of eight projects, which the Friends considered for funding.

Sarah Steele, Friends treasurer, said: “This magnificent legacy will make a real difference to patients and we are delighted to have been able to pick such a worthwhile project.

“The integrated unit will ensure that breast patients attending for investigations receive a more comfortable and convenient service, without the need to change in and out of a hospital gown and move between departments. The donations, legacies and support the Friends receive make such a difference to patients.”

To join the Friends or make a donation, contact voluntary services on (01284) 713206.