Mobile Cancer Care Units
‘All was first class and more personal’- Somerset Patient, Frances Towsend
One in two people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. We have made it our mission to make a difference to the way that their treatment is delivered; giving the gift of time to patients so they can spend it wisely, with those that they love. Our Mobile Cancer Care Units help patients to fit their treatment in to their lives, not the other way round.
We bring our fleet of Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs) into the heart of communities, and by working closely with NHS Trusts throughout the country, we work together to help as many people as possible.
Once on board on one of our Mobile Cancer Units, people receive the same exceptional care, just as they would in hospital. The big difference that our patients comment on is that there are a lot more smiles and it’s a more relaxing, homely environment. In fact, because of the less clinical, stress-free environment on board the MCCU, the specialist nurses on board say that many patients can tolerate their treatments better.
Our units are easily accessible, they are stationed in convenient, large spaces like those in a supermarket or local doctors’ car park. Some patients tell us that they are worried it may be cramped inside and ask if the treatment is different, but as soon as they get there they see there’s nothing for them to worry about.
The MCCUs are deliberately designed to accommodate four comfortable treatment chairs with ease, and the nurses on board administer the same medications that a cancer patient would receive in hospital. Our MCCUs combine the friendliness and comfort that the patients want, with the standard of treatment that they require.
Our MCCUs offer many benefits:
- They reduce patients’ travelling time.
- They take the pressure off cancer treatment waiting lists.
- They enable patients with more complex needs to be seen quicker within the oncology centre.
- They make the treatment experience less stressful.
- They save on the little things too, like having to pay for car parking fees
- They allow patients to gain back some independence, ensuring their treatment doesn’t dictate their lives
Please read our strategy document to discover how we will provide convenient, professional person centred care for people on their cancer journey over the next five years.
Our patients tell us how wonderful it is to be able to spend time talking to the nurses, to share stories and to build special friendships with other cancer patients who live locally to them.
“I experienced laughter during chemotherapy – surely everyone should have this.”
We don’t receive any government funding for our Units and instead we rely on the generosity of people like you to support us. The NHS provides the nurses, the drivers, vehicle insurance and the fuel for the MCCUs but we need your help to pay for the building and maintenance of the Mobile Cancer Care Units. You can keep the wheels moving and be the support our patients need. Please donate today.