Dragons' Den star opens Musgrove's GRACE centre - 30 May 2013

Dragons' Den star opens Musgrove's GRACE centre - 30 May 2013

West country businesswoman and star of BBC programme Dragons’ Den, Deborah Meaden, has officially opened the new Gynaecological-oncology Rapid Access and Colposcopy Examination (GRACE) Centre at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.


The colposcopy unit, which was previously based in ‘temporary’ accommodation near to the maternity unit, has now moved to the newly refurbished and renamed GRACE Centre in the old building at the hospital.

The GRACE Centre provides investigation and treatment to over 4,000 women every year with suspected pre-cancer and cancer of the womb, ovaries, cervix, vulva and vagina, all delivered in a modern, welcoming and re-assuring setting.

Yesterday Deborah Meaden joined the hospital's Chairman, Rosalinde Wyke and Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, Jo Morrison, to cut the ribbon.

On opening the Centre, Deborah Meaden said, “I am very pleased to have helped officially open this fantastic centre. As a woman, I know I would be extremely anxious if I was diagnosed with a suspected gynaecological cancer and I would want to know the hospital caring for me could deliver high quality care within a safe, clean and comfortable environment, which is exactly what the GRACE Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital can offer.

“It has been a pleasure to meet the highly dedicated staff working in the Centre and I have enjoyed touring the facilities, I really have been very impressed.”

Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at Musgrove Park Hospital, Jo Morrison said, “Moving to the GRACE Centre has been a long held ambition for the team and it is wonderful to be able to care for women and their families in a calm and supportive environment at what can be a stressful time. Being located in the new centre also provides us with the space to develop our service and advance the care we offer to the community we serve, which is what our patients expect and deserve.”

Musgrove Park Hospital Chairman, Rosalinde Wyke said, “We are incredibly pleased with the newly refurbished GRACE Centre, and are very proud to be able to offer local women the care they need in a welcoming and re-assuring environment. Our staff both clinical and non-clinical, have worked alongside the estates team to help shape the design and layout of the centre and the difference is remarkable. The environment is so much better for women and their families, which in turn, makes it easier for our staff to do the best job they can.”

The GRACE Centre’s facilities include three treatment rooms, a patient counselling room, a recovery room and facilities for colposcopy, vulvoscopy and outpatient hysteroscopy.

Pictured from left to right are: Deborah Meaden, Musgrove Park Hospital Chairman Rosalinde Wyke, Nurse Colposcopist Heather Fryer, Nurse Colposcopist and GRACE Centre Manager Di Morgan and Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist Jo Morrison.