The story so far
In 2019 we launched our ANCHORED Together appeal, a commitment to raise £2m to deliver the difference for The ANCHOR Centre; a new, purpose-built NHSG facility at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for cancer and haematology day and out patients.
Estimated to be used by 65,000 patients a year, The ANCHOR Centre was due to open its doors this year, but the pandemic halted both the build and our fundraising campaign. With life beginning to return to normal, the construction site is now a hive of activity and our fundraising is back in full swing to cover the cost of additional extras to the NHS £43m build.
Thanks to the hundreds who came forward to show their support in the first phase of our appeal, we are close to the half way point in our fundraising journey, but we’ll need your backing to help take us over that line and ever closer to our £2m goal.
Key facts about the Centre
The ANCHOR Centre will be the first of its kind in Scotland, serving people in the North-east and Northern Isles - a population of more than half a million people.
Due to open in 2023, it will be used by an estimated 250 patients every day... that's around 65,000 people a year. Day patients and outpatients will attend the brand new, purpose-built facility, located alongside the existing radiotherapy suite at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which opened in 2013 as phase one of The ANCHOR Centre project.
The Centre will bring together oncology and haematology day patients, including those with non-malignant blood disorders, under the same roof. The building will have its own, dedicated entrance to welcome patients in swiftly and easily. Spanning three floors, the Centre will house an aseptic pharmacy, a consulting suite, a treatment suite, a Teenagers and Young Adults Lounge, a teaching and training suite, and the Friends of ANCHOR complementary therapy room, a private and relaxing spa-inspired room in which patients can make use of the charity's free wellbeing services including massage and hydrotherm, nail services, hair and wig styling and podiatry.
The site will also afford immediate access to the existing radiotherapy suite, bringing all outpatient services into an easy-to-navigate, self-contained hub.
An information hub, hosted by Friends of ANCHOR at the entrance to the Centre, will provide information and support for patients. Transport and access will be greatly enhanced, with 6 disabled parking bays and a bus stop right outside, making shuttle transport to and from CLAN Haven and the Lady Wood Car Park easy and hassle-free. Thanks to it's well-considered location, the Centre will be just a short walk from the front door of the Maggie's Centre too.