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Revamp for Berwick’s oncology unit

Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
Revamp for Berwick’s oncology unit

Berwick Infirmary’s oncology day unit is to be revamped to create a much-improved environment for patients.

The overhaul, due to start on 1 February, will see the area refurbished and modernised to form a more welcoming, brighter space which enhances patients’ privacy and dignity.

By freeing up space at the entrance, disabled access will be improved and a separate beverage bay and seating area for patients and their relatives will be established.

The unit provides chemotherapy and supportive treatments for patients living with cancer and those with haematology conditions closer to home and is currently open two days per week.

All patients currently receiving treatment in the unit are being informed of the work and will receive their treatment at the oncology day unit at Alnwick Infirmary during the refurbishment, expected to last approximately two months.

Alnwick’s oncology day unit will be open three days per week during this time to accommodate the 35 patients currently being treated at Berwick.

Many Berwick oncology patients already receive some of their treatment at Alnwick and services run by community nurses will continue as normal.

Patients will be able to continue to make use of existing community transport options and any patient with any queries is urged to speak to their oncology nurse.

The unit at Berwick is one of five facilities run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

It was opened in 2008 following the success of the pioneering nurse-led service at Hexham General Hospital – the first of its kind in the country – and is seen as a trailblazer for community hospitals.

The refit brings the unit into line with the rest of the trust which have been refurbished in a more welcoming, less clinical way.

It does not affect plans by the trust to build a new healthcare facility for the town.

Amanda Walshe, Macmillan lead cancer nurse for Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We’re extremely proud of our oncology day unit at Berwick which for a decade has been a much-valued service to the local community, providing vital treatment to thousands of patients much closer to home.

“While we receive extremely positive feedback about the care we provide, we fully acknowledge that the area could be enhanced to create a much-improved space for patients.

“The planned work will do just that and ensure patients across our trust receive their treatment in the best possible environment.”


Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680