Building boost for can­cer care

Accrington Observer - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

EMMA CURRY

WORK on the new £550,000 chemo­ther­apy and breast care fa­cil­i­ties to im­prove and in­crease treat­ment has started at Burn­ley Gen­eral Teach­ing Hospi­tal.

The new fa­cil­i­ties, both lo­cated in Area 3 next to the ex­ist­ing breast screen­ing ser­vice, were par­tially paid for by £100,000 in public do­na­tions fol­low­ing a fundrais­ing cam­paign by Rose­mere Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

The new unit will pro­vide larger, more mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties for women be­ing treated for breast can­cer and pa­tients re­ceiv­ing chemo­ther­apy for all can­cers.

The chemo­ther­apy area will have seven treat­ment rooms, a 16-chair ob­ser­va­tion lounge, a sen­sory room, a quiet room and a reception and wait­ing room.

There will also be a coun­selling room, six con­sul­ta­tion and ex­am­i­na­tion rooms and a treat­ment room.

The Rose­mere Can­cer Foun­da­tion is also fund­ing a pros­thetic ‘bou­tique’, where women un­der­go­ing breast can­cer treat­ment can see and try post-surgery swim­ming cos­tumes, lin­gerie, wigs and ban­danas. Kevin McGee, chief ex­ec­u­tive at East Lan­cashire Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust, said: “The new chemo­ther­apy and breast care units at Burn­ley Gen­eral Teach­ing Hospi­tal will build on the Trust’s ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion for can­cer treat­ment, as well as speed­ing up di­ag­no­sis and re­duc­ing the num­ber of hospi­tal vis­its’ pa­tients need to make.

“Swift di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment help re­duce the anx­i­ety ex­pe­ri­enced by pa­tients and the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact that can­cer can have on in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies.

“I es­pe­cially want to thank the in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and or­gan­isa- tions who do­nated so gen­er­ously to the ap­peal.”

Sis­ter An­gela Holden added: “To­day, 30 to 40 peo­ple a week re­ceive treat­ment in the ex­ist­ing 10-chair ob­ser­va­tion lounge. The new chemo­ther­apy unit, with an ex­tra six chairs and two treat­ment rooms, al­lows for the ser­vice to be ex­panded and re­duce wait­ing times.”

If work goes to schedule, the new chemo­ther­apy and breast care unit, part of a planned £18.1 mil­lion in­vest­ment in fa­cil­i­ties at Burn­ley Gen­eral Teach­ing Hospi­tal, will be open to pa­tients be­fore the end of the year.

Chemo­ther­apy unit staff sis­ter Joanne Kip­pax, health­care as­sis­tant Julie Carter and sis­ter An­gela Holden with con­struc­tion staff at the unit

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