A new state-of-the-art mobile chemotherapy unit was opened today at Grantham and District Hospital, which will enable cancer patients to receive treatment closer to home.
In a special ceremony a ribbon was cut by Phil Anyan to formally open the unit, which is named after his late wife Elaine.
Accompanied by their daughter Carrie Carter, Mr Anyan said: “This would have been really beneficial to Elaine. When you go into a hospital it is very clinical and you are surrounded by other people who are unwell, but look inside and you’ll see that this unit takes that away.”
There are four chemotherapy chairs inside the unit fitted with the latest equipment, and it will travel across Lincolnshire to designated sites in Grantham, Spalding, Louth and Skegness.
It has been provided by charity Hope for Tomorrow, whose aim is to bring cancer treatment closer to patients in order to save them from travelling long distances, reduce waiting times and to create a restful environment.
The unit costs £260,000 to build and maintain for three years, with the charity supported by the Mark Benevolent Fund.
Claire Cosgrove, Hope for Tomorrow’s Trust and Corporate Charity Fundraiser said: “This is our seventh mobile chemotherapy unit, with the first being launched in 2007. Our founder dreams of having one in every community.
“We are really excited to be here, and to come out and meet everyone. Phil very bravely spoke about his wife’s traumatic experience with cancer, and he knows what the unit means to people.”
Ron Buchanan, Chairman at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “This is wonderful news for many people throughout Lincolnshire who will now receive their vital treatment much closer to their own homes.”
Several chemotherapy nurses were also at the event, including Tracey Wilson who added: “I think it is just fantastic. Having the mobile unit will mean patients and their families not having to travel long distances when they are feeling unwell, which is the last thing they want to do.”