Kevin lives in Rochdale. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in February 2014 and, after having surgery to remove his tumour, he started chemotherapy.
It was quite a journey to The Christie in Withington to have my chemotherapy.
The first time I went, it took about an hour and a half to get there and another hour back again, even though I tried a different route. By the time I’d got there, had the treatment and got home, it could be almost a full day.
Then I saw notices advertising the mobile unit at Rochdale – they bring their chemotherapy services to one of my local supermarkets! It’s fantastic. It’s not as stressful as going to the main site, as it’s only a ten minute walk from my home, there’s no queuing and I’m straight in. I’m usually only there about two or three minutes before I’m seen.
The facilities at The Christie are second to none and the mobile unit is no different. The treatment is exactly the same you would get at the main site, except now it takes two and half hours rather than a whole day, and you get one-to-one service from the nurses – they’re wonderful.
I really like angling, looking after my allotment and bird watching, and this gives me more time to enjoy those things in my retirement rather than travelling back and forth from hospital.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust launched mobile chemotherapy units in 2014 and now provide 70% of appropriate treatments close to patients’ homes.
MAHSC Cancer domain - an overview and case study
MAHSC’s Cancer domain gives an overview of its work to improve the health of the Greater Manchester population and presents a case study of what academics and clinicians can achieve for patient care, working together.
Presented by David Shackley, Clinical Lead for the Cancer domain.