Driving change

6th March 2017

Meet Lizzie Walker and Cheryl Midgley, the two women charged with getting York Against Cancer’s mobile chemotherapy unit on the road.

Project manager Lizzie, who is Lead Nurse in Chemotherapy at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and her colleague, Chemotherapy Sister Cheryl, are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our £700,000 unit, which will be taking treatment closer to patients in York, north and east Yorkshire from this summer.

Lizzie said the unit’s ports of call will be at Scarborough, Selby, Malton and Bridlington, making life easier for people undergoing treatment that they would otherwise have to travel many miles to receive.

“We always ask for feedback and patients always say they would like to be treated closer to home. This is a really positive way we can act on patient experience.”

The unit is currently being custom-built in Telford, Shropshire, with input from teams within the hospital trust including clinical, transport, estates and facilities, IT and infection prevention. It will launch in July this year.

Cheryl said: “It’s great that we are going to be able to take treatments and blood tests closer to home. Nurses always hear how patients have had to come so many miles just for a blood test or chemo.”

She and Lizzie say the service will also make a massive difference to the main units at York and Scarborough hospitals, ensuring capacity for lengthier and more complex procedures to be carried out there.