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Carreras opens blood cancer ward
Jose Carreras at Maidstone Hospital
Carreras himself recovered from leukaemia in the 1980s
A ward specialising in blood cancers has been opened by classical singer Jose Carreras at Maidstone Hospital.

The 18-bed ward will allow patients with leukaemia and other blood-related cancers to be treated in Kent rather than travelling to London hospitals.

Equipped with the latest technology, staff expect to see more than 150 patients in the first year.

The Lord North ward has two five-bed bays and eight single rooms equipped with special air filtering equipment.

This is to remove any bacteria from the wards which could lead to the patients getting an infection.

International singing star Carreras had a lifesaving bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with leukaemia in the 1980s and set up the Jose Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation in 1988.

He celebrated his recovery with the Three Tenors concert in Rome in 1990, an unprecedented collaboration with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo that has seen the trio become the best-selling classical artists of all time.


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