You may have noticed, if you have visited Colchester Hospital recently, a great deal of building work going on. The front of the hospital, outpatients and A&E is being revamped but the Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity (supported by donations from local people) is paying for the new building going up beside the lake. This is the Cancer Wellness Centre. As a cancer patient you may need or want support after medical treatment has been ‘completed’. You may be a survivor, or living with cancer – either way you do not want to return to the main hospital buildings – too many memories. This building is going to be the place to go for information, advice and complementary treatments.
The purpose of the Wellness Centre is to provide vital support in a less clinical, welcoming, relaxing and calm environment, for local people diagnosed with cancer, their families and carers including: specialist information advice and quality resources, welfare benefits advice, counselling services, complementary therapies and physical activity services, hair and skincare advice, practical support and dietary advice and a venue for self help and support groups.