James Paget University Hospitals NHS Trust will be launching its brand new £300,000 mobile cancer care unit at the end of the September.
Mobile cancer care units drive out to patients’ communities rather than patients having to make long and sometimes stressful journeys to hospital for their cancer care treatment. Each fully equipped mobile cancer care unit houses four treatment chairs allowing NHS cancer care nurses to treat up to 20 patients a day.
The trust has been trialling a unit in advance of the dedicated unit being built for them. Between April 21 and March 22, they delivered 689 treatments to 186 patients. In the first quarter of this financial year usage figures shot up with the trust providing over 406 treatments to 103 patients.
Hope for Tomorrow currently provides 14 mobile cancer care units and 13 nurse support vehicles to 11 NHS trusts. In 2021-22 the units allowed the NHS to deliver over 26,000 treatments in local communities.
The new unit was funded entirely from a very generous donation from Bristol Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company.