Chemotherapy in the Community Week Keeps the Wheels Turning in East Essex

3 October 2017

Celebrating its fourth annual “Chemotherapy in the Community Week” (CITC) campaign, cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow will bring “Maureen”, the East Essex Mobile Chemotherapy Unit (MCU) to the Town Hall, High Street, Colchester, on Monday 9 October from 9am to 3pm.

Hope for Tomorrow, which is based in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, brings cancer care closer to patients’ homes via its MCUs, operating in partnership with NHS trusts around the country. A wide range of different cancers is treated on board the MCUs, including breast, gynaecological, haematological, lung, brain, skin, and urology.

Chemotherapy in the Community Week offers people the chance to find out more about how they or their loved ones can be helped by the services offered on the MCUs.

Maureen has been in operation since July 2016 and visits Clacton, Stanway, Halstead and Tiptree on a regular basis and in her first year saved patients over 36,000 miles and over 2,700 hours in travel and waiting time. The MCU was named after Maureen Dore, a nurse and long-term supporter of the charity who died in 2010.

This is your chance to come and speak with the nurses, drivers and patients about the benefits for those who are receiving their cancer care on board, as well as the various treatments that are carried out.

Lesley Sheen, Chemotherapy Nurse Consultant, who is based at Colchester General

Hospital, said: “I am incredibly delighted to be offering support to Hope for Tomorrow’s Chemotherapy in the Community Week.

“Our mobile chemotherapy bus has now been attending Clacton, Halstead, Tiptree and Stanway for a year. It has helped us provide better access to chemotherapy and supportive care closer to home.

“Patients continuously offer positive feedback, particularly referring to the journey and waiting time saved by having a service that runs closer to their homes. The attentive care provided by our chemotherapy nurses on the mobile unit continues to help patients feel confident receiving treatments away from the hospital setting.

“Our aim as a chemotherapy team is to ensure the experience of receiving chemotherapy is made as easy as possible. We feel very privileged to have access to the mobile chemotherapy bus that helps our team achieve our aim.”

Founder and Trustee of Hope for Tomorrow, Christine Mills, MBE, said: “Our theme for this year is ‘Keep the Wheels Turning’.

“We are in our tenth year of operation and through CITC Week we educate people about our services, demonstrating that our MCUs treat a wide variety of cancer and offer treatments including blood transfusions, PICC line flushing, injections and oral chemotherapy.

“Together with our NHS partners we want to show how much we care about the quality and individuality of chemotherapy treatment.”