New chemotherapy unit is described as ‘tremendous’

Noel Scott and his wife Joan with Gillian Thorne and Catherine Johnstone in the new unit. Picture by Helen Millichamp
Noel Scott and his wife Joan with Gillian Thorne and Catherine Johnstone in the new unit. Picture by Helen Millichamp

A patient receiving chemotherapy has praised Alnwick’s new oncology day centre as ‘tremendous’.

Noel Scott, from Rothbury, was one of the first to use the new unit, at Alnwick Infirmary, after it opened last week.

The 78-year-old has been receiving treatment for two years for cancer in his liver, which has spread to his abdomen.

Previously he had to travel to Wansbeck General Hospital for his chemotherapy, but now he is delighted at being able to go to Alnwick instead.

Mr Scott said: “I think it is tremendous what they have done here at Alnwick.

“The unit is nice and light and airy and that is wonderful when you have to sit here for a long period of time. It’s just perfect.

“And it is a lot easier for us to come here. It only takes about 20 minutes from home. If we were going to Wansbeck we had to leave at least an hour in case you got stuck in traffic.

“One of the best things about coming to Alnwick is the staff as well. I know them from previously and they are second-to-none. They look after you really well and they are so helpful.”

Noel has three-weekly sessions of chemotherapy. He still has another 10 to go.

Wife Joan, who joined him at the unit, said: “It’s going to be so much better having to travel less in the winter.”

The new oncology unit is at present just running sessions on a Friday, but will be offering chemotherapy two days a week in the future.

Nurse oncologist Gillian Thorne worked at the infirmary previously and was one of those who came up with idea of a chemotherapy suite there.

She will now be working there each week.

The centre is in the former Coquet ward and has an open suite for patients, as well as a private room.

Communities in the Alnwick area raised more than£30,000 over the last four years to help set up the unit.

It is the trust’s fifth specialist oncology unit, with the others at Berwick Infirmary and Wansbeck, Hexham and North Tyneside.