3:27pm Wednesday 24th April 2013
MEMBERS of the public are being asked to help name a recently-opened chemotherapy unit.
The £500,000 unit opened at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital at the end of December.
Before the new unit opened its doors, patients had to travel to the University Hospital of North Durham to access some of the services now on offer on their doorstep.
Ward manager Sandra Gaskill said: "Having this new unit is really all about providing patients with services they need, closer to home "Some patients may still need to be treated at Durham for some of their treatment, but for many, coming here is much easier."
The purpose-built unit is more than double the size of Shotley’s former chemotherapy unit which means patients can receive an improved range of services, closer to where they live.
It is also has large windows offering stunning views of the Derwent Valley, which have proved popular with patients.
Mrs Gaskill said: "The reaction to the new facilities has been fantastic.
"Many people with long term illnesses are often fatigued by their condition and the treatment, so for some, travelling to Durham every week was very difficult.
"Now, they can come here and it’s a lot easier for them and their relatives. It’s made a big difference to their quality of life."
As well as chemotherapy, the unit also carries out blood transfusions and a number of other treatments for long-term patients. It also has a patient lounge, quiet rooms for those wanting more privacy and a four-bed bay for those requiring certain procedures.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is looking for suggestions for a new name for the unit. Suggestions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01325 743576.
The deadline for suggestions is May 7 and then staff and patients will pick their favourite.
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