New GP Practice cancer service will help patients in Fens
A new way of providing cancer services to rural areas has been launched for the Fens. Patients living around the Littleport area in Cambridgeshire, now won't have to travel long distances to Cambridge for treatment.
A GP surgery in Cambridgeshire has opened a new Oncology suite to treat cancer patients locally.
The new service will mean patients will no longer have to travel a fifty mile round trip to Addenbrooke's for all their treatment.
Some appointments, including chemotherapy will now be able to be given at the St Georges Medical Centre in Littleport.
The scheme will be run by staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, who will refer patients within the Isle of Ely area, covering areas such as Haddenham, Chatteris and Burwell in Cambridgeshire.
Elaine Chapman, Lead Chemotherapy nurse at Addenbrooke's said. "As well as chemotherapy, patients who have a cancer diagnosis, they also need other support as well, at the moment we don't do blood transfusions, but that is something we are looking at."
Similar services are up and running in Haverhill, Suffolk and East Barnwell in Cambridgeshire, but this is the first time it's been set up in the Fens.
The surgery has a dedicated Oncology suite and will operate once a week, on Thursdays to begin with. It's hoped they will be able to treat 15-20 chemotherapy patients in that date.