Community chemotherapy unit opens at Fareham hospital

Published: 3-Apr-2022

£147,000 project will bring cancer treatment closer to patients' homes

A new chemotherapy unit has opened its doors to patients at Fareham Community Hospital.

The £147,000 project was part funded by Community Health Partnerships (CHP), with the remainder covered by Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU).

The initial need was to convert an existing meeting room into clinical space in order to meet the increasing demand for chemotherapy in the area.

The build, which accommodates 10 chemotherapy chairs, was facilitated by CHP’s LIFTCo partner, Solent Estates Partnership.

And the opening of the unit will offer up to 375 hours of treatment time per year, helping with the growing demand and providing a better experience for patients.

The project also supports the need for delivery of vital services closer to home within a primary care setting, rather than having to travel to the nearest acute hospital.

The Regional Cancer Centre, run by PHU, sees patients from across south east Hampshire and West Sussex; a population of around 650,000 people.

Hazel Hartnett, the trust’s deputy divisional nurse director and senior matron for cancer, said: “Patients coming in for chemotherapy treatment often feel poorly and tired and many have to rely on friends and family to take them in and drop them home, as the treatment can make them too sick to drive.

“Providing this service closer to patient’s homes could be transformative for them.

“The new unit will deliver effective treatment while reducing some of the anxieties and health burdens associated with treatments such as chemotherapy.”

Offering a modern and welcoming environment, the new unit has been supported by Portsmouth Hospitals Charity, which has funded various enhancements including reclining chairs, a blood fridge, and home comforts like artwork.

Kate Sandys, head of Portsmouth Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this exciting development that benefits patients, their families, and staff.

“This is a perfect example of how your generous donations can help enhance patient experience across the trust, over and above NHS funding.”

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