Congratulations Hope for Tomorrow!

Posted: April 21, 2016

Winners of Queen's Award for Enterprise - Innovation

Hope for TomorrowMassive congratulations to our mobile chemotherapy unit partner Hope for Tomorrow, who have won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category. 

The national charity, which launched the world's first mobile chemotherapy unit in 2007, works with our cancer nurses to bring chemotherapy closer to home for hundreds of patients across Wiltshire. 

Up to fifty patients each month receive their treatment on local chemotherapy unit 'Linda', as it visits Marlborough, Eldene, Moredon, West Swindon and Calne on a weekly basis. 

The £260,000 unit, which is funded by the charity, is one of only 11 in the country. 

In a unique partnership, the charity owns and maintains the unit, while nurses from the Great Western Hospital administer the chemotherapy.

There are four treatment chairs and treatment can last from a few minutes to many hours.

Helen Winter, Lead Chemotherapy Matron at the Great Western Hospital, said:

"We are very grateful to Hope for Tomorrow for providing this fantastic facility which makes a real difference to our patients, especially those who live outside of Swindon.

It reduces travelling time which can be tiring and costly and also offers patients a less clinical, more homely environment to receive their chemotherapy."

Patients under the care of the Great Western Hospital, whose treatment meets the criteria, are offered the option of receiving their treatment closer to home on the unit.

The Queen's Awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. 

For further information please see the Hope for Tomorrow website (www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk).

Saying hello to Linda

Earlier this week, we hosted an open event for the service - please see Saying hello to Linda.

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