Launch of new mobile cancer care unit
On Monday 5th November cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust officially launched a new Mobile Cancer Care Unit (MCCU) for West Yorkshire.
The state of the art MCCU, which is 6 car parking widths wide and has 4 treatment chairs, has been designed to enable flexibility for treatment locations. These locations are determined by the hospital, depending on where the patient need is greatest, so can be completely flexible.
The new MCCU, which will bring cancer care closer to patients in their own community, is to be called ‘Linda’ in memory of the late wife of Hope for Tomorrow Ambassador Captain Dan Conley. Linda was a supporter of Hope for Tomorrow for many years, who sadly passed away from cancer.
The West Yorkshire MCCU is owned and maintained by Hope for Tomorrow and will be provided along with a Nurses’ Support Vehicle (NSV) which allows the nursing team to travel to and from the daily locations of the MCCU. The locations the MCCU will visit includes places both in and beyond the West Yorkshire area and are:
Booths Supermarket at Settle, National Trust at Grassington, Boundary Mill Colne, Woodbank Nurseries Wilsden, Booths Supermarket Ilkley, Generous Pioneer Wharfdale, Morrisons Supermarket Skipton and Sainsburys Supermarket at Keighley.
Megan Broadley, Hope for Tomorrow Partnership Manager says “we are very excited to be partnering with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. We already have a great working relationship with the trust and look forward to developing this further to make the MCCU a success”.
Michael Howard a patient at Airedale Hospital who gave a speech at the launch said “I would like to say that although there is never a good time to be told you need cancer treatment, to be told that within our area that treatment is available a few minutes from your own home in comfortable and quiet surroundings NOW that is a major leap forward.”
Patients have been involved from the beginning as staff asked for their views on the type of locations they would prefer and questions they would ask before using the unit, to help provide information to new patients.
Pat Dyminski Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Haematology, Oncology and Chemotherapy at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says “in the few short weeks we have been using the mobile unit it has made a huge difference to the patients’ lives. Patients comments have been very positive and the stress of travelling, parking and waiting has been relieved, making the patients much more relaxed when having difficult treatment.”
Stacey Hunter, Chief Operating Officer of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says “we are absolutely delighted to unveil this new unit in partnership with Hope for Tomorrow; it is such an exciting new development. This is helping us bring our ambition to wherever possible offer patients care closer to home so that they don’t have to spend their valuable time travelling to hospital.”
We would also like to send special thanks to Steeton Hall hotel who kindly provided the launch venue and helped with the launch and to Brian Feather in Keighley who is allowing us to use his premises to wash the vehicle.