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Fiona Mactaggart MP reopens the Eden Day Unit with, from left, consultant haematologist Dr Nicola Bienz, chief of general surgery Ian Laidlaw, and deputy medical director Dr Emmanuel UmerahCancer patients at Wexham Park Hospital are now having their chemotherapy in a bigger, brighter and more comfortable environment.

Our Eden Day Unit has officially reopened following a £440,000 expansion and refurbishment programme.

It is now more than twice its original size and its eight chemotherapy chairs have been replaced with 16 state-of the-art reclining seats which offer patients more comfort.

The refurbishment also includes:

  • New chemo pumps
  • Bright, white walls
  • Televisions
  • Water coolers
  • A quiet area where patients can read, doze or chat quietly
  • A comfortable waiting area for relatives.

The expansion took four months to complete, during which time the unit remained open.

It was paid for by Frimley Health Charity and made possible thanks to a grant from The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund.

The new-look Eden Day Unit was officially reopened by Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart on Friday 14 October in front of current and former patients, staff and other guests.

Lead consultant haematologist Dr Nicola Bienz said: “We first opened the Eden Day Unit at Wexham Park Hospital eight years ago, in less than half the space available to us today.

“It was a great improvement on the very small area we had previously, but still we soon outgrew it. Now we have this marvellous new day unit, which is thanks to the efforts of everyone involved.

“It’s a pleasure be a part of this project, which stands a testament to the people who work here and reflects the ethos we have at Wexham Park – providing the best possible care in the best possible environment.”

The Eden Day Unit is used by around 25 patients each day, providing chemotherapy and complementary therapies for blood disorders and solid tumours such as breast cancer.

It is currently open Monday to Friday but there are plans to expand to weekend services.