Princess Alexandra Hospital in the UK has opened a new £2.5m ($3.21m) facility to support cancer patients as well as their families and caretakers.

The new Technical Services Unit is located at the rear of the hospital and next to the Williams Day Unit, where patients undergo cancer treatment.

This unit will be utilised for preparing chemotherapy medications for cancer patients.

Last last year, work commenced for transforming the former office space into a modern facility where the pharmacy team can generate individually prepared chemotherapy treatment doses for on-site patients requiring haematology and oncology therapies.

Princess Alexandra Hospital noted that the upgraded space and equipment will help in mostly eliminating the current requirement for external support.

The new facility features two negative pressure isolators for the preparation and safe handling of chemotherapy, along with a dedicated clinical trial medication office.

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It also comes with space to house cancer services pharmacists and a sterile environment for preparing medications.

A dedicated dispensary for oral cancer treatments and other medications required by cancer patients for their chemotherapy treatment is also part of the new Technical Services Unit.

Princess Alexandra Hospital chief pharmacist John Biddulph said: “Our new Technical Services Unit is a significant milestone in producing treatments for our patients with cancer.

“I am delighted that our pharmacy team can now begin to use the modern technology and equipment that this investment brings to improve patient care and experiences.”