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Newark and Sherwood patients welcome extra cancer care at Newark Hospital

By Sharon Hodkin

Patients have welcomed the news that vital cancer care can now take place at Newark Hospital, saving them having to travel miles to other hospitals.

The first patient to use the IV antibiotic service at Newark Hospital was Barbara Woods, 68, who lives in Kneesall. She has been travelling to have her IV antibiotic treatment for her bronchiectasis at King’s Mill for the last four years.

Now that she can have her treatment closer to home she said: “I’m so happy that I can now have treatments at Newark.

Patient Barbara Woods with ward sister Denise Davies having her IV antibiotic treatment (7009174)
Patient Barbara Woods with ward sister Denise Davies having her IV antibiotic treatment (7009174)

“It makes a real difference and it will make a difference to the whole area. The staff are lovely here and really look after you.

“The treatment that I have means that I have to have IV antibiotics daily over two weeks, so I was doing a lot of travelling, sometimes for over an hour, just for a 45-minute treatment, which was quite tiring.

“Now, I am only a quick drive away, so it makes a huge difference.

“The respiratory team at King’s Mill have been fantastic too and it has been a seamless transition from King’s Mill to Newark for my treatment.”

Inpatients will also be able to be discharged sooner to receive ongoing IV antibiotics treatments as an outpatient. As the service develops GPs will be able to refer many patients who would have previously had to visit King’s Mill Hospital.

Patient David Jones, 68, of North Muskham, has been benefitting from another new service that Newark Hospital is now providing, which means he is able to receive his subcutaneous injection for cancer treatment at Newark.

Denise Davies carrying out a line flush (7009202)
Denise Davies carrying out a line flush (7009202)

For the last three months’, he has gone to Newark Hospital to have monthly injections to strengthen his hip bone where his tumour is, having previously had to travel to King’s Mill Hospital for treatment.

He said: “It is brilliant that I can now have my treatments at Newark Hospital.It’s only ten minutes away from where I live, so it has really taken the travel stress out of my treatments.

“The staff are superb and really put you at ease, and I would urge local people to ask to see if they can have treatments at Newark Hospital.”

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