Staff at Salisbury District Hospital celebrated the launch of its new mobile cancer care unit (MCCU), marking six years of working with cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow on the provision of mobile cancer care in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.
The first MCCU ‘Kayleigh’ was named in memory of a young girl from Chippenham, who sadly passed away from cancer. Over the last six years Salisbury District Hospital staff have treated over 3,170 patients close to their homes and saved over 291,000 miles and around 21,600 hours in travel and waiting time for them.
The new MCCU has been upgraded with the latest equipment and will continue to be based at Salisbury District Hospital and driven to locations in Fordingbridge, Gillingham and Westbury, where staff will continue to provide this specialist treatment for people in the community.
Sister Jan Moffat, Lead Nurse for the MCCU said: “The MCCU currently provides chemotherapy to patients with cancer and a range of treatments for people who have low immunity. The great thing about this new unit is that it gives us the potential to expand our services and look at other cancer related treatments in the future. We are very grateful to Hope for Tomorrow who have provided us with the new MCCU and for their commitment to the care of patients with cancer in this area.”
Megan Broadley, Partnership Manager for Hope for Tomorrow said: “We continue to be proud of the work we do in partnership with Salisbury and are so happy to see them carry on their success with the new MCCU.”
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Information about Hope for Tomorrow
Hope for Tomorrow is a dedicated charity, bringing cancer care closer to patients’ homes via their Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs). As a cancer charity, they understand that time is a crucial factor for patients, and in 2007 they launched the world’s first ever MCCU to bring vital cancer care closer to patients, enabling them to spend more time with family, friends and loved ones. They develop, build, provide and maintain MCCUs to support patients who are going through chemotherapy and other cancer related treatment by alleviating the stresses and strains of travelling for appointments.
Hope for Tomorrow works in a unique partnership with the NHS. They now have 10 units operational in Gloucestershire, Somerset, South Wiltshire, Hampshire, East Kent, Lincolnshire, Cornwall, West Suffolk, East Essex and London/ Surrey, with two reserve units in place to ensure continuity of service during the maintenance schedule. They also provide a Nurses Support Vehicle with each unit, which allows the nursing team to travel to and from the daily treatment locations.
Since the launch of the first unit in 2007, the charity has saved patients a total of over 2.5 million miles and over 200,000 hours of travel and waiting time. The charity won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation, in 2016. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success, and was made in recognition of their achievements since the Founder, Christine Mills MBE, set up Hope for Tomorrow in 2003.
For further information on Hope for Tomorrow:
Please contact: 01666 505055 or email www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk