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Sir Rod Stewart and wife Lady Penny open new chemotherapy day unit at Rivers

Rivers Hospital, High Wych. Official opening of new Chemotherapy Day Unit by Sir Rod and Lady Penny Stewart. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7059117)
Rivers Hospital, High Wych. Official opening of new Chemotherapy Day Unit by Sir Rod and Lady Penny Stewart. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7059117)

Rocker Sir Rod Stewart and his wife Lady Penny were just what the doctor ordered to officially open a new chemotherapy day unit at Rivers Hospital in Sawbridgeworth.

The couple, who live nearby in Sheering, are long-standing supporters of the treatment centre at the hospital, which is owned by Ramsay Health Care.

The event on World Cancer Day (Monday, February 4) officially unveiled the additional facilities for cancer sufferers.

They include seven individual bays, which can be used as a communal area by opening bifolding room dividers, and a double room for patients requiring a higher level of care and/or an inpatient stay. Rivers has had a private chemo service for the past 20 years.

As well as Sir Rod, 74, and Lady Penny, 47, the launch was attended by dignitaries including mayor of Sawbridgeworth and East Herts district councillor Angela Alder.

She helped Sir Rod slice and sample a celebratory cake watched by representatives of the Ramsay Health Care executive board, founding staff, consultants and members of the local healthcare community.

Across the country, Ramsay operates 22 private hospitals, 10 NHS treatment centres, neurological rehabilitation centres and diagnostic imaging services.

Chris Harbron, the hospital director, said: “‘We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all staff, consultants, local stakeholders and members of the community that attended our official launch event of the new chemotherapy day unit and for making it a truly superb evening.

“We were honoured to have Sir Rod Stewart and Lady Penny officially opening the unit and grateful for their ongoing support for Rivers Hospital.

“We look forward to providing the local community and beyond with a holistic patient experience and high quality of care with access to the best consultants and latest treatments. All in a new, modern and welcoming environment.

“I am very proud of the team and what they have achieved creating the new unit and look forward to using this amazing resource for many years to come. On behalf of all of us at Rivers Hospital, thank you so much for your support.”

Sir Rod bought Durrington House, an 18th-century, 10-bedroom mansion in Sheering, for £4.65m in 2013 after selling property in Epping. The singer and his photographer wife, who is a regular presenter of ITV lunchtime show Loose Women, are familiar faces in the area following the enrolment of their sons at Bishop’s Stortford College.

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