More patients who travel to Salisbury District Hospital for chemotherapy and related treatment will be able have this closer to home thanks to an increase in the number of locations the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) will visit.
The MCU, which was provided and currently maintained by national charity Hope for Tomorrow, has previously operated between Fordingbridge, Westbury and Gillingham or Shaftesbury over three days a week. The MCU will now run four days of the week where it will be at Castle Practice, Ludgershall every Friday.
Sara Dear, Sister for the Salisbury District Hospital MCU said: “Some of our patients who need chemotherapy and related treatments have to travel significant distances each day, so this is excellent news for those from east Wiltshire who are suitable for the MCU.”
“The MCU provides a friendly and quite environment closer to home and has delivered over 250 treatments for patients since it first started in 2011. We want to maximise its use for suitable patients, which is why we are expanding the number of locations we now visit in Wiltshire.”
Christine Mills MBE, Founder of Hope for Tomorrow said: “We are delighted that Salisbury District Hospital will now be taking their Mobile Chemotherapy Unit to Ludgershall on a weekly basis. This will mean so much to cancer patients in the area who are able to use it. Not only will it save them long journeys to the Pembroke Unit , but will also provide a restful environment for them to receive treatment in.”
Notes to editors
1. Mobile Chemotherapy Unit Locations and Days
||Drill Hall, Fordingbridge|
||Peasemarsh Surgery, Gillingham or Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury.|
||White Horse Medical Centre, Westbury|
||Castle Practice, Ludgershall|
2. Hope for Tomorrow
Founded in 2003, Hope for Tomorrow aims to alleviate some of the stresses and strains associated with receiving treatment for cancer via their Mobile Chemotherapy Unit project.
In 2007 the charity launched the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit in a unique partnership with the NHS. Owned and maintained by the charity, and operated by highly trained NHS staff, these well-equipped units enable cancer patients to receive treatment in a restful environment, closer to home.
There are currently seven Mobile Chemotherapy Units operating in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, east Kent, Berkshire and Lincolnshire. It is Hope for Tomorrow’s aim to provide enough units to deliver chemotherapy closer to home all over the UK.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170