Nottingham cystic fibrosis unit gets £700,000 donation

Artist impression of new CF unit
Image caption The centre is designed to allow patients to interact without risk of infection

A Nottingham charity has welcomed a major donation towards a new £6.6m cystic fibrosis centre.

The Wolfson Foundation has pledged £700,000, which almost completes the Nottingham Hospitals Charity's £2.1m part of the funding package thanks to other funding raised.

The centre, at the City Hospital, helps make extended stays more comfortable.

A charity spokesman said the donation underlined the project's importance to patient wellbeing.

The rest of the funding to make up the final cost of £6.6m will come directly from the NHS.

The new centre, which aims to treat 250 patients each year, is intended to create a more homely environment.

It will include video phones so patients can speak to each other without the risk of infection and a specially designed outdoor exercise area.

Building work is due to start this year, with work estimated to take approximately one year.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder which causes thick secretions in the lungs, inhibiting breathing.

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