PERFORMANCE: The Fernhurst Centre at St Richard’s Hospital has been awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, given to units judged to offer the best standards of cancer care.

The centre, which opened in 2009, brings together a range of services under one roof which used to be dispersed across the hospital.

As well as offering a one-stop centre for cancer and haematology day care, the centre also houses an aseptic pharmacy, where chemotherapy treatments are prepared.

Rebecca Hawkins, Macmillan development manager for Sussex, said: “To receive the award, environments have to score highly in areas such as use of space, comfort and atmosphere, personal and social interaction and health and wellbeing.

“Consideration is given to such things as the greeting people receive when they come to a centre, the use of natural light and outdoor space, and the availability of quiet, private rooms.”