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A CENTRE for patients with cancer and haematology problems has been recognised for the excellent patient care it provides.

The Fernhurst Centre at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, has been awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark.

The honour is given to units which are judged to offer the best standards of care and treatment to cancer patients.

The honour was given to some of the staff whose work has been instrumental in making the centre a success.

They are consultant haematologist Dr Phil Bevan, sister Katie Kimber, and Macmillan information and support services manager Helen Fowler.

Dr Bevan said: ‘This award is a welcome recognition of how the Fernhurst Centre, and the staff working there, have been able to improve services for patients.

‘The experience of our patients now is significantly better than in the past – services are in one place at the hospital, and the growing range of help available means that fewer people have to travel for appointments and treatments.

‘The centre has allowed us to transform haematology and cancer care.’

The £4m centre, which opened in 2009, allows people to receive their life-saving treatment under one roof.

As well as offering a one-stop centre for cancer and haematology day care, the centre also houses a sterile aseptic pharmacy, where chemotherapy treatments are prepared.