August 26, 2008

Patients and Staff Move Out of Princess Royal Hospital and into New Cancer Centre

A new pounds70m cancer centre has opened for patients at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham.

The opening of the pounds70m oncology and haematology centre came after patients and staff relocated from the Princess Royal Hospital in east Hull over the weekend.

Health services have been provided at the Princess Royal site in Saltshouse Road for more than 80 years.

All that remains now is a dermatology outpatients service, which is scheduled to move out later this year.

Ward sister Clare Norris has worked at Princess Royal since 1987.

She said: "I've got very mixed emotions because I've got many happy memories of working here. It's sad to be leaving, but very exciting at the same time to be moving into such a wonderful new facility."

Cervical cancer sufferer Dawn Gatenby, 35, from Goole, was among 37 patents being ferried across the city to Cottingham in a fleet of ambulances.

Before leaving, she said: "I am looking forward to it because the staff are coming with us.

"Everyone says it's like being in a five-star hotel, but a building is only as good as its staff and they have been brilliant."

The new facility certainly has the feel of a luxury hotel, with open-plan seating areas, cutting-edge technology, high- specification architecture and landscaped courtyards.

Inside, consultant haematologist Dr Russell Patmore confessed to shedding a few tears when the first patients started arriving

"This is the culmination of 10 years' planning. I think it's been a great achievement for everyone concerned."

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