Volunteer opens cancer unit

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A long serving hospital volunteer from Rastrick who has served 10,000 cups of tea to patients has opened a new cancer ward.

Long-serving hospital volunteer Carol Armitage, snipped the ribbon at the opening of the new state-of-the-art outpatients centre for cancer patients at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Carol has been a volunteer on the unit since it first opened 20 years ago.

She said: “I wish to say on behalf of volunteers past and present how much it means to us to help you on this ward. Over the years I have met some wonderful people and it is a pleasure to do what we do for them. There been so many changes yet the care remains the same.”

More than 150 patients a week will receive their chemotherapy treatments in the suite and all oncology outpatients appointments will be held on the unit.

The unit retains its original name the Greenlea Unit and was originally opened in 1996 by the then Chief medical Officer for England Sir Ken Calman. It is the first major upgrade since it was opened 19 years ago.