10 June 2016
The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson, performed the official opening of a new £1.3m cancer treatment centre at Spire Parkway Hospital.
It was an emotional occasion for Councillor Robinson as he told people attending the opening ceremony how he and his wife had lost their eldest daughter to cervical cancer.
Before cutting the ribbon at the Spire Specialist Care Centre in the grounds of the hospital on Damson Parkway, Councillor Robinson said: “I know the heartache that cancer can cause and I am delighted that this excellent facility is now open to the people of this region.”
The centre offers treatment for a wide range of cancers with specialist nursing and medical staff as well as some of the region’s top oncology consultants. It has six individual treatment pods for the administration of systemic anti-cancer therapy, (chemotherapy, immunotherapy and biological therapies) and supportive treatments.
Macmillan Cancer Services Manager, Elisa Follen, said she felt the centre represented a major boost to cancer services in the Solihull area. “We have a fantastic team with in-depth specialist knowledge along with some experienced and very well respected consultants.
“The cancer journey is a tough and emotional one for everyone involved – including family and friends - but I think we have what we need to make that journey as comfortable and successful as possible.”
Hospital Director, Tony Yates and the Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson open Spire Parkway's new cancer centre.
Left to right: Jess Butterfield, Claire Fletcher, Pam Grieves, Lizzie Barker, Mike Ince - Chair of Solihull Prostate Cancer Support Group, Diane Webb and Sandy Worth of the Solihull Breast Friends support group