Work on new St Cross unit to begin this month

Volunteers received awards at the AGM
Volunteers received awards at the AGM

Plans have been finalised for the new blood-taking facility at the Hospital of St Cross and work will begin this month.

At the Diamond Jubilee Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Cross last week, David Moon, chief finance and Strategy Officer, UHCW NHS Trust confirmed the news

He explained: “The scheme will see the service moving to the former Mulberry Ward. Eight cubicles will be provided, doubling the present number, and thereby improving the flow of patients through the department which will have its own entrance from dedicated car parking.

“Building work should be completed by the end of September so that the new facility will be open for patients early in October.”

Welcoming the news, Friends president Joan Jesson said: “This is really excellent news in our Diamond Jubilee year. We have already committed £100,000 to the funding of the refurbishment element of the project which will see a big improvement in the facilities available for patients.”

Friends vice-chairman, Willy Goldschmidt reported the progress of the Diamond Jubilee Appeal, which has now received over £70,000 towards the project.

He said: “A key aim of the appeal has been to widen the charity’s engagement with the community and we have been delighted with the support we have received from businesses, other charities and community organisations as well as the numerous individual donations, large and small, which account for approximately half of the total received to date.”