Below are some of the milestones the Rosemere Cancer Foundation is proud to have helped our clinical teams achieve over the last 20 years.
A Rosemere fundraising appeal to raised £112,000 towards the cost of a new Chemotherapy Unit at Burnley General Hospital. Rosemere funding was used to provide a sensory therapy room, a more comfortable and pleasant waiting area and decorative screens in the main treatment room to provide greater privacy.
The opening of the NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility took place at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The facility sees the collaboration of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Lancaster University and plays an important role in discovering new treatments and improving care for the future.
The brand new Clinical Research Facility is funded to provide on-the-doorstep research opportunities for patients and volunteers from Lancashire & South Cumbria. Rosemere has provided funding by investing £92,000 which has facilitated a cancer specific clinical trials coordinator along with equipment needed through our 20th Anniversary Appeal.
Opening of a new Chemotherapy Unit at Chorley with £31,000 contributed by Rosemere fundraising group, the Witches of Adlington.
The most advanced robotic surgical equipment in the world arrives at the regional Cancer Centre at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, the first of its kind to be installed in the North of England, thanks to a commitment by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation to raise £1.25m towards the cost through the 20th Anniversary Appeal. Training will begin immediately and it is anticipated that the robot will be used to treat patients with urological, gynaecological, colo-rectal and upper gastrointestinal cancers by the summer.
Rosemere Cancer Foundation provides 2 years’ start-up funding to help establish a service to assist patients to return to work after cancer treatment. The service, run by Lancashire County Council, is available to patients and their employers to help overcome the physical, emotional, legal and financial barriers that can prevent people returning to the workplace.
Introduction of an innovative 3D printer for the more accurate creation of prostheses for head and neck cancer patients in East Lancashire to provide a more acceptable and comfortable patient experience.
Installation of the latest generation of Endobronchial Ultrasound equipment (EBUS) at the Rosemere Cancer Centre. This is the first equipment of its kind anywhere in the world and will help with the early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.
Introduction of liver function testing equipment at the specialist liver cancer unit at Blackburn Royal Infirmary. Available nowhere else in the UK outside London, this equipment will help make life saving surgery a possibility for patients for whom it was previously considered too great a risk.
Purchase of Ultrasound Machines for the insertion of PICC lines at Kendal, Lancaster, Blackburn and Burnley, saving patients the journey to the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Preston if their line could not be inserted locally by touch.
Opening of a dedicated Cancer Information Centre at Royal Preston Hospital where patients and their families can access information on all aspects of living with cancer and be guided by Macmillan funded support staff.
Provision of Scope Guides for the Bowel Cancer Screening Service in Preston, Blackburn, Lancaster and Barrow to make the procedure more comfortable for those known to be at particular risk. It is hoped that this will also reduce the number of people who do not return for further screenings and thereby save lives. This equipment was purchased with funds donated by the Furness Building Society.
Purchase of an additional ultrasound machine to facilitate the introduction of a same day diagnosis service in the new Breast Care Unit at Chorley. This initiative was made possible by a donation from the Witches of Adlington fundraising group.
Refurbishment of wards at Westmorland General Hospital to accommodate a new local chemotherapy service in a bright, uplifting and comfortable environment. This project brought cancer treatment closer to home for patients throughout the Central Lakeland area who had previously had to travel long distances to Barrow or Lancaster.
Refurbishment of premises adjacent to Blackpool Victoria Hospital to provide accommodation for the families of leukaemia patients spending long periods as an in-patient in the region's specialist haematology unit.
Introduction of Image Guided Radiotherapy facilities at the Rosemere Cancer Centre to allow greater accuracy of treatment, particularly for prostate, gynaecology and head and neck cancers. This equipment was purchased as a result of Rosemere's Ray of Hope Appeal and IGRT has since become standard on all new radiotherapy machines.
Support for research at Lancaster University in conjunction with urology and gynaecology staff at Royal Preston Hospital to investigate the use of spectroscopy (a high density light source) as a tool for better diagnosis and treatment of prostate and gynaecological cancers. This work has been ongoing since 2005, resulting to date in 110 original papers and 75 conference abstracts which have informed specialists in the oncology arena across the UK and beyond, making the team world leaders in this area of research.
Cost: £90,000 over 10 years
Installation of a Coffee Shop in the Radiotherapy Department at the Rosemere Cancer Centre. This facility provides free drinks to all patients and sells a range of snacks to patients, carers, staff and volunteers. It is run entirely by volunteers and is very much valued by patients, particularly those travelling a long way for treatment. It routinely comes top in patient satisfaction surveys and returns approximately £8,000 in profit to the Foundation each year.