There have been exciting developments regarding the Jigsaw Appeal for Women and the previous Appeal for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The Board of Directors at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) has given the go-ahead to begin the detailed design of a new ‘Jigsaw’ building.
The designs will be for a purpose-built cancer and blood disorders unit as well as new Women’s Health Unit. Both have long been an ambition for patients and staff alike. This proposal will fully use the funds raised from the current and previous Jigsaw Appeals, as well as committing further NHS funds to ensure a purpose designed facility is up and running for patients to receive specialist care in an excellent environment.
The two-floor building will be built at the RBH between the Eye Unit and the Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics. Outline planning permission has been received and detailed planning permission can now be sought.
The new facility will see Oncology and Haematology on one floor, focusing on day-care and outpatients. Breast care and Gynaecology will be on the other floor in a dedicated Women’s Health Unit, bringing many services together to ensure better privacy and dignity for patients.
Patients and the public will be asked for their views on the design and layout of the units and we expect to submit the detailed planning apllication in March 2012.
The charity funds raised to date for the Women’s Health Unit, plus the Board’s support, comes to just under £1.4 million, which is about £100,000 below the original target. This remaining gap will still need to be filled but the Appeal continues to receive support, including those generous organisations who have named Jigsaw as their Charity of the Year 2012/13.
Rather than wait for the final appeal target to be reached, the Board have agreed to bring forward the design and patient engagement work for both the Cancer & Blood Disorders and Women’s Health Units. If the shortfall of £100,000 is exceeded further features and equipment will be able to be added to enhance what is originally planned.