By Rachel Pugh - The Guardian.
The Christie’s mobile chemotherapy unit visits a different venue in Greater Manchester every weekday, and it’s reducing waiting times
On Tuesdays, Diane Coupe goes to Tesco in Trafford – not to shop, but to have her weekly chemotherapy in a mobile van parked outside the supermarket, while her husband, Russell, picks up provisions in the store.
The fact that the 47-year-old mother from Cadishead in Salford has chosen to receive her breast cancer treatment from Manchester’s specialist Christie hospital in a supermarket car park rather than on hospital premises, saves her 12 miles on each round trip, nearly two hours in travel and up to 30 minutes of waiting time.
For this down-to-earth support worker with three children – the youngest of whom is nine – this mobile option has made it possible for her to accept her diagnosis and incorporate her therapy into a much more normal life.
“The mobile treatment is absolutely fantastic,” says Coupe. “When my doctor recommended I go for chemo in a mobile unit I was very wary, but my husband persuaded me to give it a try. It’s so easy and there’s no waiting about. I take a magazine with me, but most of the time I have a good chat with one of the nurses who I really like. It has become like normal life – and that has made it a lot easier for my youngest to accept my illness.”
She is one of about 400 patients from the Christie to have received treatment in the past year in the hospital’s mobile unit, which visits a different community venue across Greater Manchester every weekday…read the full article.