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Cancer patients get fast-track treatment in Blackpool

Blue Skies Hospital Charity and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation have opened a new facility in Blackpool Vic.

Currently cancer patients often have to wait in busy A&E Departments, but under the new scheme they can get potentially life saving treatment faster and more efficiently.

The new facility is set up behind Blackpool Victoria Hospital's Haematology and Oncology unit.

The idea is to get patients the treatment they need as as soon as possible.

They can call the unit directly to seek advice or even walk in.

It will be staffed by the trust's specialist doctors and nurses so people get get professional advice immediately.

A press release says:

"Rosemere Cancer Foundation has promised it will provide Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with £100,000 to add to the £50,000 from Blue Skies, which is needed to transform currently unused space at the rear of the hospital’s Haematology and Oncology Day Units into a new cancer triage unit."

Alison Melvin, who is a specialist oncology nurse and has been instrumental in planning the new unit, said:

“The incidence of cancer in Blackpool is around 7% higher than the regional average and 20% higher than the national average. By building the new unit and ensuring patients and their families and carers have access to immediate specialist advice and treatment, we hope to improve our patients’ overall treatment experience and improve their results."

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