Founded in 2003 Hope for Tomorrow aims to alleviate some of the stresses and strains associated with receiving treatment for Cancer via the provision of Mobile Chemotherapy Units to NHS Trusts
In 2007 the Charity launched the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit in a unique partnership with the NHS. Owned and maintained by the charity, and operated by highly trained NHS staff, these well-equipped Units allow cancer patients to receive treatment in a restful environment closer to home, saving stressful long distance travel and minimising waiting times.
Mobile Chemotherapy Units can travel five days a week throughout their counties of operation to five locations. These Units have the capacity to treat between 18 to 20 patients a day.
Currently four Mobile Chemotherapy Units, and five Nurses Support Vehicles are operating in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and into Dorset, and we hope to launch Units five and six during 2013, our 10th Anniversary Year.
Fortnightly chemotherapy sessions seem like a treadmill but it is not the vital treatment that causes stress but external irritants like getting there, parking, travel costs, long waiting periods etc. I am self-employed, so time is even more valuable to me than the travelling costs to/from Cheltenham twice every fortnight.
Today I was able to ‘just pop out for chemo’ with a short 5 minute journey to meet my 10am appointment for a two hour chemo session. I was treated by friendly staff who were obviously proud of their new unit, had an enjoyable experience with other similarly contented patients and was back at my workplace in time to do a full afternoons work.
Gloucestershire Mobile Chemotherapy Unit patient