Cancer patients in Skegness will soon be benefitting from a mobile chemotherapy unit.
Cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow is providing United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust with a state-of-the-art mobile chemotherapy suite.
The unit will allow cancer patients to receive chemotherapy treatment out in the community and closer to their homes.
The unit costs Hope for Tomorrow £260,000 to build and maintain for a three year period and it is their seventh unit to be put into operation.
Treatments are likely to take place in Grantham, Spalding, Louth and Skegness.
Christine Mills, Hope for Tomorrow founder and trustee, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled we are about to launch our seventh unit and hope that, as a result, rurally based cancer patients in Lincolnshire will benefit from receiving treatment closer to home, which is the ultimate goal of Hope for Tomorrow.”
Ron Buchanan, chairman at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, said: “This is wonderful news for many people throughout Lincolnshire, who will now be able to receive vital treatment much closer to homes. We are grateful to Hope for Tomorrow for the provision of this unit that will ensure our patients get maximum benefit from its use in our rural communities.”
Units travel throughout its county of operation to a number of set locations and have the capacity to treat 18–20 patients a day or administer 3,000 chemotherapy treatments a year.
The unit, which has also been generously supported by the Mark Benevolent Fund, is to be operated by NHS staff from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and maintained by Hope for Tomorrow.
The unit will save patients money on fuel costs, long distance travel and will help cut waiting times, alleviating staff and patients from the stresses and strains of busy hospitals.