Velindre Cancer Centre, Tenovus Cancer Care and LloydsPharmacy launch new cancer treatment service closer to patients’ homes

A partnership between Velindre Cancer Centre, LloydsPharmacy and Tenovus Cancer Care means patients can now receive certain cancer treatments at their local mobile health unit in Nantgarw, Cardiff.

This new service gives patients across the country the choice to access their immunotherapy treatments at a location closer to their home, outside of a traditional hospital setting. This is in a convenient location with nearby shops, places to eat, and a cinema. Immunotherapy treatment uses the immune system to fight cancer by helping it recognise and attack cancer cells.

Rhiannon Walters-Davies, Principal Pharmacist from Velindre Cancer Centre said “This new service provides patients with specialist care closer to their homes whilst ensuring the same level of safety and care patients expect from Velindre Cancer Centre. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from Velindre, Tenovus and LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare who have been involved in setting up this service, your help has been much appreciated and we look forward to the ongoing success of this service.”

Jo Upton, Lead Cancer Nurse for LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare said: “It’s great to officially launch our partnership with Velindre NHS Trust. Going through treatment can be a stressful time for patients, so being able to choose where they have that treatment can help them feel more in control. Whether it’s at home, in hospital or in a mobile unit, patients should be able to “choose to” receive their care in an environment they feel most comfortable.”

Rhian Edwards, Director of Research and Support at Tenovus Cancer Care “We are delighted to enter into this new partnership with LloydsPharmacy and Velindre Cancer Centre to increase the use of our state-of-the-art Mobile Support Unit. Since launching our first unit in 2009, we have delivered thousands of treatments across Wales and the feedback we get from patients is overwhelmingly positive. Our units can cut a patient’s journey time and costs when compared with travelling to a hospital for treatment, but more importantly they also reduce the anxiety some patients feel when going to hospital and they help to give patients more valuable time with their loved ones. Tenovus Cancer Care strongly believes this model of the healthcare is hugely beneficial for patients and the NHS.”

To find out more about this service please contact Velindre Cancer Centre on Velindre.PALS@wales.nhs.uk