Cancer patients in north Wiltshire can receive
chemotherapy treatment via a Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU).
It visits rural locations and smaller towns in the county -
bringing the care closer to patients' homes, but also providing a
more comfortable and less stressful environment.
The unit (named 'Linda' after a former patient), is one of 11
supplied nationally by Hope for Tomorrow charity, a private-funded
charity working in partnership with the NHS.
There are four treatment chairs on the Unit and treatment
can last from a few minutes to many hours, with up to around 50
patients benefiting each month.
The charity also supplies a car for use by chemotherapy
Each MCU costs £260,000 to build, maintain and operate for three
Linda visits Marlborough, Eldene, Moredon, West Swindon and
Calne on a weekly basis.
For more details about the units (including some excellent
videos), and the work of the charity, please see the Hope for
Tomorrow website (www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk).
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