County can­cer unit will face the chop

Ayrshire Post - - News - Sarah Hil­ley

There will only be one e main can­cer unit in Ayr­shire.

Chemo treat­ment is to be axed at ei­ther Ayr or Crosshouse Hos­pi­tal, a health board meet­ing heard on Mon­day.

Heath bosses at NHS Ayr­shire & Ar­ran are con­sid­er­ing a huge shakeup of can­cer ser­vices.

Pre­vi­ously it was pro­posed Crosshouse Hos­pi­tal would be home to the can­cer unit but bosses in­sist they are now con­sid­er­ing Ayr too.

Peter Maclean, clin­i­cal di­rec­tor, can­cer ser­vices, said: “The next stage is to de­ter­mine where the site will be.”

The NHS Ayshire & Ar­ran health board meet­ing was told a new model for can­cer treat­ment is be­ing pro­posed across the whole of the West of Scot­land.

Non- ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber Ian Welsh said there is con­cern about mov­ing ser­vices away from Ayr.

As well as the main can­cer unit, new outreach treat­ment hubs could be avail­able else­where but they would only cater for low- risk cases.

Nurse di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Hazel Bor­land said the outreach ser­vice could be lo­cated at Ayr­shire Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in Irvine.

She added: “For the next 12 to 18 months there will be no change. It con­tin­ues as it is.”

Coun­cil­lor Joe Cul­li­nane raised the is­sue of con­sul­ta­tion and said any change at Ayr would be­come po­lit­i­cal.

He added: “At the end of the day can­cer touches most peo­ple’s lives in our com­mu­nity.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive John Burns said the am­bi­tion was to de­liver the “best care we can to our pop­u­la­tion”. He added: “We need to think of it as a path­way, not just a build­ing.”

Coun­cil­lor Laura Bren­nanWhite­field wanted more in­for­ma­tion on the outreach can­cer treat­ment.

She said: “There has been a ques­tion mark over Ayr Hos­pi­tal since 2012. For me it is such a big thing. We have to have a sight of what the fi­nal re­sult will be.”

The cho­sen hos­pi­tal would un­dergo an up­grade to host the can­cer unit.

A pa­per pre­sented to the board said it was pro­posed: “NHS Ayr­shire & Ar­ran would have one can­cer unit and should seek to de­ter­mine op­ti­mal pro­vi­sion of outreach ser­vices as ap­pro­pri­ate.”

The pro­posed West of Scot­land ser­vice model was en­dorsed by the board.

Flash­back How we re­ported in 2017 that the unit in Ayr could close

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