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Rocker Rod Stewart to open new chemo day unit at Rivers Hospital

Rivers' new chemotherapy unit (6819429)
Rivers' new chemotherapy unit (6819429)

Veteran rocker Sir Rod Stewart and his wife Penny will be special guests when a new chemotherapy day unit is opened at Rivers Hospital in High Wych.

The additional facility for cancer sufferers will be officially unveiled on Monday (Feb 4) – World Cancer Day.

Rivers already has a well-established chemotherapy service so the unit will increase capacity and improve patient experience.

As well as Sir Rod, 74, and Lady Penny, 47, who are long-standing supporters of the hospital, the launch will be attended by representatives of Rivers owner Ramsay Health Care's 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.

The event will consist of a tour of the new state-of-the-art facilities before the cutting of a ribbon and unveiling of a plaque.

The new facilities include seven individual bays which can be used as a communal area by opening bifolding room dividers and also a double room for patients requiring a higher level of care and/or an inpatient stay.

Chris Harbron, the hospital director, said: “I am delighted that we are now in a position to open our new chemotherapy day unit.

"A private patient chemotherapy service has operated at Rivers Hospital for more than 20 years and this unit enhances our offering.”

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 father of eight, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and his photographer wife, who is a regular presenter of ITV lunchtime show Loose Women, are a familiar sight in the area following the enrolment of their sons at Bishop’s Stortford College.

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