Campaign to raise funds for Nottingham cystic fibrosis unit

Health bosses said they hoped the unit would "set a new standard"

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A fund-raising campaign is being launched to help build a new state-of-the-art facility for people with cystic fibrosis in Nottingham.

The NHS is providing £4.5m towards the new unit, at Nottingham City Hospital, but a further £2.1m needs to be raised through charitable donations.

The centre aims to provide patients with a homely environment for long periods of treatment.

It is hoped work will start in August and be completed by 2013.

Cystic fibrosis is a serious disease which can affect the lungs and other organs.

Patients with the condition often spend several months of every year in hospital.

'Transform treatment'

Nottingham Hospitals Charity said the 16-bedded unit would support more than 250 people a year from Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties.

Dr Jane Dewar, a cystic fibrosis consultant, said: "This new unit will completely transform the treatment of CF patients.

"This unique group of young people currently have very limited facilities and we want to provide them with something that will be able to meet their needs.

"Instead of them having to wait for side rooms in the hospital to be available, we want them to be able to come into the new unit as soon as their condition starts to worsen.

"We want all the services they need to be on hand, all in one building."

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