The local NHS is hitting the streets to encourage residents across the region to find out more about proposed changes to cancer services.
An ‘Action on Cancer’ branded trailer will be touring Cheshire and Merseyside to provide residents with an opportunity to find out more about the proposals ahead of a formal consultation next year.
Plans are currently being developed to extend the specialist services on offer at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre by opening an additional comprehensive cancer centre next to the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
The centre will bring world class cancer care to more patients across Cheshire and Merseyside and offer joined up cancer care from diagnosis through to discharge.
Kathy Doran, Chair of Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network, said: “The roadshow will provide an opportunity for residents across Cheshire and Merseyside to find out more about the proposals at a time and location that’s convenient for them. These proposals aim to put the needs of patients at the heart of service delivery so we’re keen to engage with as many people as possible to ensure they understand the proposals ahead of the consultation next year.”
A video explaining the changes and the benefits they would bring will be played, while volunteers from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Local Involvement Networks and local cancer support groups will be providing information leaflets, answering questions and handing out feedback cards to be completed.
Dr Nicky Thorpe, Acting Medical Director at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: “The development of a new comprehensive cancer centre will be the single biggest step towards developing world class services for our region, benefiting everyone living in Wirral, West Cheshire and north of the Mersey. The roadshow is a great opportunity to find out more about these exciting proposals and raise any questions before we seek formal views next year.”
More information about the plans is available online at www.mccancercentre.nhs.uk.
Formal consultation on the proposals will take place next spring.
The trailer is open each day from 10am to 3pm, and its schedule is as follows:
- 15 November: Liscard Village, Wallasey, CH45 4JS (Outside Barclays Bank)
- 16 November: Cheshire Oaks, Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9JJ
- 17 November: Asda, Welton Road, Croft Retail Park, Bromborough, CH62 3QP