in aid of the Chemotherapy Outreach Project at South Hams Hospital and the Camphill Devon Community
Patients in South Hams who need chemotherapy treatment are now receiving treatment closer to their homes by fully qualified outreach nurses thanks to community fundraising efforts.
Outreach chemotherapy is an extension of the chemotherapy unit at Derriford Hospital and since Tuesday 11 January 2011 patients who live in the South Hams area and whom are eligible for outreach chemotherapy are now able to receive their treatment at South Hams Hospital.
The Outreach Chemotherapy Project has been made possible following hugely successful fundraising efforts started last year by local family friends Jan Britten and Tristan Stone, and donations from the South Hams League of Friends.
David Radford, Chairman of NHS Devon, said: "This is great news for the people of South Hams. We are delighted about the launch of the chemotherapy service at the hospital and this fantastic achievement is a real example of the community spirit which Kingsbridge is known for. We would like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to raise the necessary funds to allow this to happen.
"We hope that the success of the service this year will contribute to further voluntary funding, meaning that work can carry on after the initial 12 month period and continue to benefit those who need it in the local community."
Lee Johns, Directorate Manager for Oncology and Blood for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, continues: "We are delighted that the service is now operational and our first patients were receiving their treatment at the beginning of the new year. We too would like to thank the local community for their continuing and hugely successful fundraising efforts and support they have given to this project."
Over the next year, the team of three nurses, all with experience of delivering chemotherapy, will be taking treatment closer to patients' homes at South Hams Hospital. It is estimated that the team will see around 18 patients per week.
The patients will still need to come up to Derriford Hospital to meet with their medical team.
This project links with the existing Outreach Triangle Cancer Support Centre that meets at South Hams Hospital on the same day as the chemotherapy is delivered, offering support for the patients and their families and carers.
Fundraising efforts are continuing in all of the areas to support this exciting project. If anyone wishes to get involved or would like to plan an event, please contact the Macmillan Mustard Tree Centre on 01752 763672. Donations can also be made payable to Plymouth Hospitals General Charity TF1286 (Chemotherapy Outreach Fund).
Camphill Devon Community
Situated on the edge of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park in a landscape of rolling hills and woodland, Camphill Devon provides support to 36 adults with learning disabilities. People are supported by a mix of vocational volunteers (long-term Co-workers), volunteers from abroad, and employed staff.
Accommodation is based in 7 properties where shared family sized houses offer people the support they need. The aim is to provide a stimulating home environment. Through our person centred approaches everyone is encouraged to live a full and fulfilling life.
People are supported to take part in work, leisure and social activities in the local area and also to contribute to the best of their ability to the Camphill Devon Community as a whole. As well as supporting people at Hapstead, Camphill Devon also supports people who have their own tenancies in the local area.
Our aim is to support people to achieve the lifestyle they want to have and benefit from a sense of community where they can support and be supported by others.
Camphill Devon Community is a registered charity and is independent from any other organisation with our own governing body. We are part of the world wide Camphill Movement and a member of the Association of Camphill Communities. In common with other Camphill Communities we are concerned with the spiritual and emotional as well as the physical health of each individual; and in providing a community life where individual needs are mutually respected.
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