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Final battle


Over the past few years there have been many arguments put forward for more services to be made available at Newark Hospital, but few could be more emotive or persuasive than that made by Trevor Frecknall.

Now terminally ill, Mr Frecknall is making “his last effort” to improve health services in his home town.

As a former journalist, Mr Frecknall has a way with words and it was a hard-hitting letter that he delivered to Dr Amanda Sullivan, the chief officer of Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at a meeting last week.

In it, he described how, despite his obviously worsening health, it took 20 visits to clinicians and several tests before his cancer was diagnosed — and he received the devastating diagnosis that he was unlikely to live past the summer.

In a bid to extend his life expectancy, Mr Frecknall now travels 189 miles every two weeks between his home and King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, or City Hospital, Nottingham, for chemotherapy.

He believes this could be delivered at Newark Hospital, making life much easier for himself and other cancer patients, and he is strongly urging the CCG to make it possible.

Dr Sullivan has said the feasibility of providing chemotherapy and other related procedures at Newark would be explored.

“I really hope this, my final effort to improve my home town, is not in vain,” Mr Frecknall wrote. A sentiment that is echoed by many others.

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