August 28, 2008

‘Hospital is Like a Hotel’ ; World-Class Treatment Facilities at a New Pounds70m Cancer Centre in Cottingham Have Been Used for the First Time.

World-class treatment facilities at a new pounds70m cancer centre in Cottingham have been used for the first time.

Patients and staff moved into the new oncology and haematology centre at Castle Hill Hospital at the weekend.

Yesterday, some of the centre's six state-of-the-art radiotherapy suites were used for the first time.

Each suite contains a pounds1.5m linear accelerator capable of destroying cancer cells through powerful, high-energy X-rays. They all also have a stunning illuminated ceiling, featuring a giant colour photograph of autumnal trees and bright blue skies.

David Haire, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust's director of business development strategy, said the striking lighting featured in each of the suites is unique.

He said: "We don't think there is anything like them anywhere else.

"Having this sort of treatment is obviously very stressful, but we hope by creating this kind of environment it can have a calming effect."

The natural theme in the suites is evident elsewhere in the new centre, from artwork incorporated in signs, glass walls and even furniture throughout the building to a series of landscaped courtyards based on the four natural elements of earth, air, fire and water.

Most of the photographs - including the illuminated ceilings - were taken at nearby Bishop Burton College.

Mr Haire said: "We have deliberately gone for a light and airy look to reflect the surrounding countryside. Every room has a view of greenery.

"The first thing people who come here tend to say is it doesn't seem like a hospital, it's more like a five-star hotel."

Matron Sandra Forsyth was equally proud of her new surroundings.

She said: "This is what we want for every NHS patient."

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