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Community / CLAN Haven re-opens to welcome cancer patients

CLAN Haven, the bed and breakfast facility for people undergoing cancer treatment, is reopening tomorrow (Wednesday) after new safety measures for complying with social distancing rules were put in place.

The facility at Aberdeen’s Westburn Road is primarily used by people from Shetland, Orkney and the Highlands to access cancer treatment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

CLAN Haven closed in early May to implement safety measures to protect cancer patients from the Covid-19 threat.

With treatments often lasting weeks or months, guests at CLAN Haven regularly stay for long periods.

The charity’s head of cancer support services, Iona Mitchell, said patients could now shield effectively while staying in the accommodation.

Each room is now equipped with a microwave, fridge and eating area, which minimises the need for guests to share facilities. While the lounge remains closed, the kitchen and laundry will be available on a rota basis.

Mitchell said the Haven had undergone a deep-clean, while an enhanced cleaning schedule has been introduced.

“The safety of our clients is our upmost priority and we have exponentially reinforced the existing safety measures in place during our temporary closure,” she said.

“We are also continuing to offer our clients transport to the hospital with our minibus service, which helps them safely attend treatment and alleviates the stress getting to their appointments.”

CLAN Haven reopens on 8 July and anyone who is undergoing cancer treatment and is interested in staying at the accommodation should call 01224 647000.