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    Great news as Worcesterís new Breast Unit signs unique deal with the Haven


Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, spent Monday morning at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital to celebrate the launch of a unique partnership between the hospital and the Haven breast cancer charity. He has welcomed the partnership which is the first of its kind in the country, combining a state of the art clinical unit, which will be opening in Worcester later this year, with holistic care for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Soon after he was elected as Worcester’s MP Robin visited the Haven in Hereford to see the help and support that they provide to his constituents. The Hereford Haven opened in 2004 and has supported thousands of people who are predominately from the two counties. The staff are specialists and the provide advice that is free of charge which ranges from guidance on alleviating side effects from drugs used in chemotherapy to thoroughly tried and tested complimentary therapies. They also provide nutritional support and counselling.

Robin has supported the campaign to build a new Breast Unit at the Worcestershire Royal hospital since before he was elected and recently welcomed the milestone of work starting on the site after the Worcestershire Breast Unit campaign reached the £1.3 million mark towards its £1.8 million fundraising target.

He joined Stephen Thrush, the consultant who has led the campaign, Pam Healy OBE of the Haven, Harry Turner, Chairman of the Worcestershire Acute Trust and the Mayor of Worcester to celebrate the signing of an agreement between the two and the announcement that the Breast unit will open in October with the support of the Haven.

Announcing the partnership with The Haven, Trust Chair, Harry Turner said:  “This is a really important development for us.  With the support of The Haven we will be able to offer patients the highest quality medical and holistic support.”

Pamela Healy OBE, the chief executive of The Haven added: “This new partnership marks an important step-change for the charity as it will be the first time in our 15 year history that our integrated breast cancer support service will be available from an NHS site. Having the combination of core clinical breast cancer care services and complementary therapies in the one location is a unique model of care in the UK and has the potential for replication across the country.

Consultant breast surgeon, Steven Thrush said:  “I have been aware of the valuable work of The Haven for many years and I am delighted that we will be working with them to ensure Worcestershire patients have excellent all-round care.”

Speaking about the partnership Robin said:

“It is very exciting to see the new Breast Unit at Worcester coming closer to opening and I congratulate everybody who has worked so hard to fund and deliver it. Having visited the Haven in Hereford early on in my time as MP to see the vital work that they do supporting breast cancer patients, I am thrilled that that work will now be coming in to Worcester and I am delighted that this innovative partnership will be one of the first of its kind in the whole country."


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For Robin’s recent releases on Cancer care see:

For details of Robin’s visit to the Haven in 2011 see:

For Robin’s support for the Breast Unit Campaign as Parliamentary candidate see:

For more information on the Breast Unit Campaign visit:

For more information on the Haven visit:

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