Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Assembly Member and Shadow Health Secretary Angela Burns AM visited the world’s largest Mobile Cancer unit last week during it’s opening by the Princess Royal.
The new Tenovus unit was officially unveiled last Wednesday (24th) outside the Assembly and is capable of treating 30 patients a day and up to around 8500 per year. The unit which has been funded by generous donations from volunteers will travel around Wales with the aim of bringing care and treatment closer to patients homes.
Commenting Angela said
“This new unit is nothing short of breath taking and I would like to pay tribute to the work of Tenovus and all their amazing fundraisers who have helped to make it possible.
“At a time when we know that cancer rates are 14% higher in Wales than England I would hope that this new unit can be part of turning this trend around by delivering chemotherapy, screening and other treatments at more convenient sites for patients.
“We are seeing massive restructuring in the Welsh Health service and innovative ideas like this, taking the services and treatments right into the hearts of local communities has got to be the way forward.
“I am eager to hear what local patients feel about their experience of this unit when it pays its first visit to Pembrokeshire in the coming months and I am delighted that we have such innovative technology here in Wales.”