Buy a blossom: Appeal to support Breast Cancer Patients launched

Thursday, 11 July 2013

A fundraising appeal for the new Bristol Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital has been launched as plans for the development get underway.

The campaign aims to raise over £500,000 for breast cancer patients who will use the new stand-alone centre which is being created at the hospital and will open in 2014.

A ‘Cherry Blossom’ donation tree forms the centre piece of the appeal launch.

The tree will be made up of more than 800 ‘blossom’ discs and will be displayed in the entrance to the new unit - which is being built in the historic Beaufort House, on the Southmead Hospital site.

Donors will be able to buy a ‘blossom’ disc which can be engraved with a special message.

The design is inspired by a Cherry Tree which stands in the grounds of the Beaufort House building at the centre of the hospital site.

The Hospital’s Charity has already received donations of over £100,000 in support of the new breast care centre and it is now hoped that local people and businesses will buy a ‘blossom disc’ on the donation tree in support of cancer patients in the city.

The appeal will help to create a number of areas in the new Bristol Breast Care Centre specifically designed around the wishes of the patients, including providing a private outside ‘secret garden’ space for patients, and creating peaceful and calming areas in the new mammography suite.

It will also provide a children’s play corner, furnishings for the mammography and consultations areas and create specially designed outdoor gardens for breast care patients.

An artists impression of the ‘Cherry Blossom’ donation tree for the Bristol Breast Care CentreNaomi Day, clinical nurse specialist in breast care services, said: “Breast cancer is a disease which one in eight women will develop during their lifetime.

“Our appeal will help many thousands of women in Bristol and our donor tree is a wonderful way for local people to show their support for such an important cause.

“The brand new, dedicated Breast Cancer Centre at Southmead Hospital will provide a significantly enhanced and much needed centralised service to patients across Bristol and beyond.

“Please show your support for local cancer patients and be part of our amazing ‘Cherry Tree’ donor wall. Help us make this wonderful new Breast Care centre even better for patients when it opens in May next year.”

To support the Bristol Breast Care Centre appeal and to buy a blossom disc please visit our Shine together pages.  

The Bristol Breast Care Centre plans

A new Breast Care Centre will be built on the Southmead Hospital site to provide screening, diagnosis and after-care support for cancer patients.

Alongside the Breast Care Centre will be a new Macmillan Wellbeing Centre, providing emotional, practical and financial support for people affected by any type of cancer, their families, friends and carers.  

North Bristol NHS Trust has been granted planning permission for both centres which will open in Spring 2014 within a redevelopment of the historic Beaufort House on the Southmead Hospital site.

The Breast Care Centre will provide all breast services for Bristol (following the transfer of teams from University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust at the end of March 2013).

Until the new centre is built the service will continue to be based inside the current Southmead Hospital.

Key features of the Breast Care Centre include:

  • Modern, bright and comfortable environment making the most of natural light views of the outside
  • Dedicated exits through courtyards for patients following consultations to enable greater privacy
  • The Breast Care Centre will be divided into separate areas allowing direct access to the two main clinical areas without patients having to pass through one area to reach another.
  • Both Screening and Symptomatic Areas will have their own dedicated waiting and reception areas.

Find out more about the plans here.