Revamp of Royal Preston Hospital’s Ribblesdale oncology ward nears completion

Posted on - 8th October, 2021 - 9:16am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Health, People, Politics, Preston News, Redevelopment, Sharoe Green
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The refurbishment of the Ribblesdale oncology ward at the Royal Preston Hospital is near completion. 


The Ribblesdale ward is the only inpatient oncology-specific ward in Lancashire and South Cumbria and supports patients with clinical needs and end-of-life care.

Following its 20th-anniversary appeal, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation pledged £1,000,000 to the project.

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Dan Hill, Chief Officer at the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “It is a privilege for our foundation to be able to support this wonderful project.

“Bringing together world-class cancer treatments and services is at the heart of what we do, and we are grateful to the goodwill of our supporters who help us to deliver these all-important projects for cancer patients.”

The 24-bed ward will consist of shared and single bedroom spaces for patients being cared for by a specialist cancer team, with additional areas for relatives to visit their loved ones.

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Nature-inspired interiors will promote healthy recovery and wellbeing through bespoke wood designs, which will feature back-lit art panels, floor vectors, and skylights that can be tailored to the time of day.

Patients’ loved ones will have access to a relative room, which will include furnishings such as sofas, a TV unit, bean bags, loose storage, and digital wall prints, as well as a modern kitchen space.

A quiet room, which will be suitable for all patients, will also be designed to offer a calm environment for patients away from the clinical and busy ward environment.

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With a strong focus on recovery and wellbeing, the transformation will help staff to provide care to cancer patients across Lancashire and South Cumbria for years to come.

Tilbury Douglas, formerly Interserve Construction, was awarded the contract to refurbish the ward and pledged to raise additional funds for the project.

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