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David Dimbleby opens Guy's Hospital cancer day unit

David Dimbleby
Image caption David Dimbleby's father Richard died from cancer in Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital

A new cancer unit has been opened at London's Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital by veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby.

Architects worked closely with patients, carers and staff when designing the £3.9m facility.

Their input informed choices on the layout, patient care, what equipment was chosen and artwork.

The day unit is a key milestone in the development of a major cancer treatment centre at the south-east London hospital.

Features of the centre include:

  • An assessment unit, offering an alternative to A&E for chemotherapy patients
  • Greater privacy, with no more than four patients in a group, and patients also have access to treatment in private rooms
  • Patient access to a coffee lounge and internet access during treatment.

'Creative consultation'

Anna Torode, one of the patients who helped to create the plans, said: "I am delighted that patients have been able to contribute so significantly to the design of this wonderful new unit."

"I particularly value the colour schemes and the artwork which together give a calming and uplifting environment.

Heather Barnett, who designed the artwork, said: "The artworks created for the new cancer unit were all inspired in some way by the patients we came into contact with during the creative consultation."

The Richard Dimbleby Cancer Information and Support Service, in memory of David Dimbleby's late father, is also based at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.

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