Calls for permanent cancer unit

There are calls to make the trail chemotherapy unit at the Dock Street Health Centre a permanent feature.
There are calls to make the trail chemotherapy unit at the Dock Street Health Centre a permanent feature.
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Temporary funding for a well-used cancer treatment unit in Fleetwood has run out – and town councillors are leading the calls to make the service permanent.

The provision of chemotherapy treatment at the Dock Street health centre is under review after a 12-month trial period came to an end.

Coun Bill Barrow, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council’s health working group, said the service has been hugely successful and urged health bosses to ensure it stays in the port.

He said: “The initial funding for the chemotherapy service was provided by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. It has been very popular with people in Fleetwood. The service they offer is superb.”

He said he hopes to see the service expanded further.

Coun Barrow said: “We are trying to suggest that skin cancer, in its early stages, could also be treated in Fleetwood.”

He said he was waiting on assurances from health bosses that the service will continue to be funded.

Dr Adam Janjua, chairman of Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The chemotherapy unit at Dock Street Health Centre runs two days a week.

“This was set up as a pilot, funded fully for 12 months by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, to determine whether patients preferred to receive their treatment closer to home in a setting away from the main Blackpool Victoria Hospital, as well as seeking to assess whether the service would be suitable both clinically and financially.

“The 12-month trial period has now concluded and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals are currently reviewing the service.

“The full review, taking into account all the information gathered during the pilot period, is expected to be concluded shortly.”

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