New £700k mobile chemo unit to bring treatment closer to North Yorkshire cancer patients

The unit will visit Malton, Selby, Bridlington and Scarborough. Credit: ITV

Yorkshire's first mobile chemotherapy unit has launched in North Yorkshire in a bid to treat people battling cancer closer to home.

The £700,000 facility, which is one of the first in the country, has been commissioned by the York Against Cancer charity and will serve York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust patients.

It is hoped the unit will help cancer patients who have to travel long distances for chemotherapy treatment at the trust's hospitals in York and Scarborough.

It was launched this week at Malton Rugby Union Club, where it will be based as part of its tour of the region. This summer it will also call at Selby, Scarborough and Bridlington for a couple of days at a time.

With four treatment chairs, it will be able to accommodate up to 10 patients a day.

York Against Cancer has now launched a further £100,000 appeal to help support the running of the chemotherapy truck going forward.