Former England player Steve Coppell opened the new Comet Day Unit at Crawley Hospital on Monday (25).
Steve, who is now Director of Football at Crawley Town FC, met patients, carers and staff from Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in the bright new modern unit.
The dedicated team of doctors and nurses provide chemotherapy and supportive treatment in the unit, which has moved across the corridor from its old home on the top floor of the hospital.
This move will allow more patients to be treated locally by the specialist team in comfortable, bright and spacious surroundings.
Steve Coppell said: “More and more of our lives are touched by cancer in some way so I feel very humble when I meet the patients and the people who care for them. For everyone who gives so much I say thank you.”
His words were echoed by Maureen Millsom, whose partner Roy Nye was treated by the staff for eight years before his death last year.
The Crawley resident added: “The new ward will make a difference to both staff and patients but the most important thing about Comet is the people who work here. Coming here is like visiting friends except these friends save peoples’ lives, they are worth their weight in gold.”
The new Comet Day Unit also offers treatment to patients needing blood transfusions for a range of illnesses and hosts a Haematology Outpatient clinic four mornings a week.