BBC News

PUBLISHED 4 September 2006

New £2.4m breast care unit opens

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A new unit providing a dedicated diagnostic and outpatient service for breast disease patients in Herts has opened its doors for the first time.

The Queen Elizabeth II Vicki Adkins Breast Unit, in Welwyn Garden City, features hi-tech digital mammography, ultrasound and biopsy equipment.

The £2.4m scheme is a joint investment from the NHS and the Hertfordshire Breast Unit Appeal.

Surgery will continue at the Queen Elizabeth and Lister hospitals.

‘Service to envy’

The opening marks the completion of one of the largest NHS and charity collaboration projects in the history of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Where possible, the patient can be seen by a number of health professionals in just one visit to the unit.

Trust chief executive Nick Carver said: “At last, local people diagnosed with or suspecting they have breast disease will have a facility on a par with other centres of excellence in the country.”

Vicki Adkins, who launched the appeal, said: “At last my dream for the future men and women of Hertfordshire has come true.

“The breast care team the trust has in the new unit will provide a service that will be the envy of many people in the country.”