Hopes cancer service will get nod to continue work

Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre on Dock Street
Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre on Dock Street

A decision is looming on whether a well-used cancer treatment service in Fleetwood can continue after the first year of funding ended in early December.

The provision of chemotherapy treatment at the Dock Street health centre is under review after the 12-month trial period came to an end.

After a slow start, the service became very popular and Fleetwood Town Council members hope funding can be found to run it for at least another year.

Coun Bill Barrow, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council’s health working group, said : “I would be devastated if this service was to be lost. It has proved a big help to people from Fleetwood and North Fylde, because it means they don’t have to travel to Blackpool for treatment.

“Obviously not all cancers could be treated at Fleetwood, but when it was possible people have made good use of it. And as oncology suites go, Fleetwood’s facility is a relatively pleasant environment for patients as well. We would certainly want it to continue and have made that point to the Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group.”

The initial funding for the chemotherapy service was provided by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation but other funding is being looked at.

Dr Adam Janjua, chairman of Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The chemotherapy unit at Dock Street was set up as a pilot, to determine whether patients preferred to receive treatment closer to home in a setting away from Blackpool Victoria Hospital, as well as assessing the service clinically and financially.

“The 12-month trial period has now concluded and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals are currently reviewing it. The full review, taking into account all information gathered during the pilot period, is expected to be concluded shortly.”