More choice for local cancer patients

Posted: September 23, 2014

Official Mobile Chemotherapy Launch

Hope for TomorrowCancer charity Hope for Tomorrow is providing Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a state of the art Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) to be named 'Linda.'  In a special ceremony at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Captain Dan Conley will cut the ribbon to officially launch the MCU.

Captain Dan Conley said: "I am truly honoured that the brand new North Wiltshire Mobile Chemotherapy Unit is to be named after my late wife. A supporter of Hope for Tomorrow for many years, through Linda's illness I really came to appreciate the very great benefits of what this charity enables in providing mobile chemotherapy to patients at locations close to their homes. It is absolutely wonderful that this new MCU will perpetuate the memory of Linda who as a Wiltshire County Councillor worked very hard and enthusiastically in supporting the people of Wiltshire."

The unit cost Hope for Tomorrow £260,000 to build and maintain for a three year period, it is their eighth unit to be put into operation.

The Unit will be visiting Calne, Marlborough and three different locations around Swindon which are currently being decided.  It will spend one day in each location and around eight patients a day will benefit from the new mobile service. 

Christine Mills, Founder and Trustee of Hope for Tomorrow, said: "I am absolutely thrilled that we are about to launch our eighth Mobile Chemotherapy Unit and hope that, as a result patients throughout North Wiltshire will feel the benefits from receiving their treatment closer to home, which is the ultimate goal of Hope for Tomorrow and our Mobile Chemotherapy Unit project."

Helen Winter, Lead Chemotherapy Nurse, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are very grateful to Hope for Tomorrow for providing another fantastic facility which will make an enormous difference to our patients, giving people more choice and convenience."

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