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Award recognition for Bexley cancer care centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 August 2018

The centre has won a prestigious award. Picture: Macmillan Cancer Support

The centre has won a prestigious award. Picture: Macmillan Cancer Support

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Staff, patients and volunteers at the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre have received a prestigious award which recognises high standards in cancer care.

Situated in the Guy’s Cancer Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, the service has been awarded a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM), in recognition of the centre’s commitment to providing a high-quality environment for people living with cancer.

Assessed by an external panel to be “very good”, the centre was particularly commended for being welcoming and for the “friendly” team of staff and volunteers, as well as providing an “excellent” user journey.

The MQEM award, launched in 2009 by Macmillan Cancer Support, is the first in the UK that specifically assesses how well buildings such as chemotherapy units provide support and care to people affected by cancer.

Paula Doig, one of the centre’s assistant nurse specialist in cancer information, said: “Receiving an MQEM is a significant achievement, which our wonderful team of volunteers and I are hugely proud of.

“The work everyone at the service does is phenomenal and makes a huge difference to the experience of people living with cancer in south London and north Kent.

“And the fact that we have accomplished this in our very first year of being open makes the award all the more special.”

Daniel Callanan, Macmillan partnership quality lead for south east London, said of the achievement: “The MQEM recognises excellent cancer environments. The support centre is a great example of a centre that is welcoming, spacious and relaxing for users – it is a fantastic resource for the community.

“As one of our newest services, the team should be very proud that they have already achieved such high standards.”

Robin Pritchard, director of Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “We’re incredibly proud of the work the team have done in establishing the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre since it opened last year.

“The team of dedicated Macmillan Volunteers working closely with the Dimbleby Cancer Care specialist cancer information nurses provide a unique service and it’s wonderful to see their hard work recognised in this way.”

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