Letter: A mobile unit is no substitute

Bridlington Hospital.
Bridlington Hospital.

A report in the Free Press informs everyone of Yorkshire’s first mobile chemotherapy unit that has been launched and will visit Brid regularly to allow cancer patients to be treated closer to home.

A report in the Free Press informs everyone of Yorkshire’s first mobile chemotherapy unit that has been launched and will visit Brid regularly to allow cancer patients to be treated closer to home.

I notice that Patrick Crowley, chief executive of York Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, says that patients with cancer throughout North Yorkshire (no mention of the East Riding) will feel the benefits from receiving their treatment closer to home.

Once upon a time Brid did have their own end of life palliative care ward at Brid Hospital that allowed cancer patients to be treated virtually on their own doorsteps.

Not travelling endless miles or having to rely on a mobile unit with four treatment chairs for treatment.

This mobile unit has to cover as well as Brid also Malton, Selby and Scarborough.

A mobile chemotherapy unit that has to cover several hundred square miles to treat cancer patients is unsatisfactory.

With respect a mobile chemotherapy unit is no substitute or can take the place of the defunct palliative care ward at Brid Hospital.

With respect there is no comparison or similarity between a palliative care ward at Brid Hospital that had beds and would take in admissions, or to a mobile unit with four treatment chairs that will only pay visits to Brid.

Cancer patients in Brid should not be travelling endless miles or relying on a mobile unit that will only pay cancer patients a visit from time to time for their cancer treatment.

Ernie Mackenzie
Gammons Lane, Watford