Doncaster Olympic taekwondo champ Sarah Stevenson opens new South Yorkshire cancer unit

Sarah Stevenson opens the new cancer unit at Weston Park Hospital.
Sarah Stevenson opens the new cancer unit at Weston Park Hospital.

Doncaster Olympic taekwondo champion Sarah Stevenson has officially unveiled a new cancer unit for South Yorkshire and beyond.

Cancer patients living in the region now have more opportunities to beat the disease thanks to the opening of a brand new research and treatment suite at Weston Park Hospital.

The unit, funded through Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s £1.3m ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign and the tremendous support of Westfield Health and Yorkshire Cancer Research, will provide patients with ‘gold standard’ cancer treatments and facilities in a warm and welcoming environment.

Weston Park Hospital is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in the country and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire – a population of almost 1.8million people. Cancer patients from as far afield as Liverpool and Middlesbrough also use the unit.

The light and airy purpose-built suite, located on the first floor of Weston Park Hospital, will give even more patients opportunities to take part in life-changing cancer research studies.

Incorporating a new reception and waiting area, the new, expanded suite will be able to treat twice the number of patients as was previously possible, giving even more patients access to pioneering drugs and treatments.

Professor Rob Coleman, Director of the Sheffield Cancer Research Centre, Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology, Weston Park Hospital, said: “We are delighted that this new treatment suite has opened its doors to patients.The new facilities really are the ‘gold standard’ in cancer care, and would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of members of the public, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Westfield Health. Thanks to the opening of this new suite, patients in the region will now have even more opportunities to take part in pioneering national and international cancer research, paving the way for better treatments and care in South Yorkshire and beyond.”