Rotary Club supports chemotherapy appeal
ALAN Beaman writes: Julie Whitton from the NHS charitable trust whose job it is to raise funds for various special NHS projects described the background to the North Devon Chemotherapy Unit Appeal at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Hatherleigh.
The current unit at Barnstaple Hospital is hopelessly undersized for treating about 9,000 cancer patients annually.
The NHS cannot afford to construct a new purpose built facility, so it was necessary for funds to be raised from the public, hence the appeal. To date the appeal has raised £1.692 million of the £2.2 million needed.
Architects have designed a new stand-alone 14 bed/treatment rooms unit attached to the hospital. The unit includes a waiting room, patients' forum room and all the backup support services.
Planning permission has been obtained and construction is currently out for tender. Although more funds are needed to complete the work the construction is expected to start at the end of 2013 and take about 12 months. The present shortfall in cash is expected to be covered by the NHS while further funds are raised.
Vice president Alan Barkwill thanked Julie Whitton for her talk and presented her with a cheque for £1,000 from the proceeds of Hatherleigh Rotary Fun Day held in August.