The new multi-million pound Jigsaw Building at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) received its first patients on Monday, 14 September.
The new Jigsaw Building is situated between the hospital’s Eye Unit and Derwent building. The ground floor houses state-of-the-art facilities for the treatment of cancer and blood disorders, while the upper floor is home to a newly opened Women’s Health Unit.
One of the first patients treated in the new Jigsaw Building’s Oncology and Haematology Department was Caroline Morgan. She said: “I was treated on the first day of opening and you would never have known. I was really impressed with everything. I was very comfortable and relaxed and feel lucky to have this on my doorstep.”
Marie Miller, Cancer Care Matron, commented: “The first few days have been very busy as the building is new to our staff as well as our patients. Our staff have done a fantastic job though and everything is going smoothly. We’re delighted patients are now benefiting from these fantastic facilities.”
Debbie Anderson, Fundraising Manager, said: “The Jigsaw Building wouldn’t exist without the tireless efforts of The Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s fundraisers and supporters, who have strived to bring this centre of excellence to Bournemouth, saving lives and benefiting thousands of patients.”
Funded by donations, money raised by two Jigsaw Appeals and funds Bournemouth Hospital Charity, as well as NHS investment, the building will provide more space for rapidly expanding outpatient and day case treatments.
Following extensive patient, public and staff engagement, the building’s design ensures better privacy and dignity for patients and has been tailored to meet their specific needs.
During the Jigsaw Building’s planning process, requests by the local community included Wi-Fi, counselling rooms, artwork and easy access to parking, all of which have been incorporated.
To find out more about RBH’s new Jigsaw Building, please visit www.bournemouthhospitalcharity.org