Fleetwood has lost its cancer treatment service at the Health and Wellbeing centre in Dock Street, after its funding ran out.
It had been hoped more cash could be found to keep the pilot chemotherapy scheme going, but it is the latest health service lost in the town, which will see ill and elderly residents forced to travel to other areas of the Fylde coast for treatment.
The closure of Rossall Hospital means rehab care has moved to Clifton Hospital in St Annes. Now those needing chemotherapy will be forced to travel to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Although hospital bosses say the future of the service is being looked into, there are still question marks over whether it will ever return to Fleetwood.
Steve Remblance and his family are among those affected.
The 57-year-old is to embark on 10 gruelling bouts of chemotherapy for prostate cancer and is devastated that he can’t have the treatment at the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Dock Street,just yards from his home.
He has already endured relentless treatment and found his last chemotherapy session more bearable because he could have it on his doorstep.
The former ICI worker said: “When you’re not feeling well, every little helps and having the treatment in Fleetwood is a lot, lot easier. It is so inconvenient going to Blackpool.”
The unit was funded for 12 months by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation as a pilot scheme to see if a community service would be viable. The accommodation was leased free of charge and the foundation paid for staff and the equipment.
But now that has ended the unit has closed and patients have to travel to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
See the full story in this week’s Weekly News.