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£250,000 mobile unit will travel around north and mid-Hampshire
CANCER patients are set to benefit from a £250,000 mobile chemotherapy unit, which will travel around north and mid-Hampshire – bringing cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes.
The unit, which is owned and maintained by charity Hope for Tomorrow and operated by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust , will be launched on Wednesday and will visit sites in Andover, Alton and Eastleigh.
Purpose-designed Up to 3,000 treatments per year can be given from the unit, reducing the distance many patients have to travel for treatment and helping alleviate costs and stress at a time when people are particularly vulnerable.
Patients under the care of Basingstoke hospital or Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, who meet a number of strict criteria, will be offered the treatment in the unit by specialist nurses from the two hospitals.
Christine Mills, who founded the Gloucestershire-based charity Hope for Tomorrow, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we are about to launch our fourth mobile chemotherapy unit.”
“I hope that as a result cancer patients throughout Hampshire will feel the benefits from receiving their treatment closer to home, which is after all the ultimate goal.”
Dr Lara Alloway, Hampshire Hospitals Clinical Director for Cancer Services, said: “We are very grateful to Hope for Tomorrow for providing the Hampshire Hospitals mobile chemotherapy unit. “This is a purpose-designed vehicle, staffed by our chemotherapy nurses, who will travel daily to towns across north and mid-Hampshire. “This will allow people to receive their chemotherapy closer to home. We hope this will reduce the burden of the cancer treatment on patients and their families, by reducing the travelling time needed to reach either of our existing chemotherapy units.”
The mobile unit will be launched by Derek Bell MBE, Hope for Tomorrow patron and five times winner of the Le Mans 24 hour race.
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