Focus is the charitable fund for the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre.

Focus is the charitable fund for the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre, raising funds to make a direct impact for local cancer patients and their families.

The aim is to create a comfortable environment for all patients and staff by investing in facility improvements, state of the art equipment and additional care above and beyond NHS provision.

How your support is making an impact for local cancer patients

Sky ceilings installed in radiotherapy suites

We have recently been able to install our first ‘Sky Ceiling’ and thanks to supporters of Focus several more are on their way. The Sky Ceilings will be installed in radiotherapy rooms at the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre and our Hereford Radiotherapy Unit.

Sky Ceilings provide a welcome distraction for patients during their treatment, giving the impression of daylight penetrating what is normally a large, white clinical room with no windows or natural light.

We also aim to install Sky Ceilings in other areas of the Oncology Centre to improve the experience for our cancer patients, particularly those areas with Little natural daylight, such as our waiting areas and Oncology Wards.

New treatment suites for Thyroid Cancer patients

New Iodine Treatment Suites are making a huge impact on patients with Thyroid Cancer. Funded by donations to Focus, the new suites have not only doubled the number of patients who can receive treatment but also offer a greatly improved environment.

Patients, often aged in their 30’s or 40’s, receive an intensive form of treatment and must be kept in isolation for around 4 days. It can feel a long time to be away from their loved ones, however the new suites allow them to digitally connect with their friends and family; a huge boost for our patients at a time when they need it most.

Focus Support Team

Our Focus Team are funded by donations and, along with a team of committed volunteers, they play a vital role giving support to cancer patients in the Oncology Centre.

The team are there for our patients at every step; from a diagnosis of cancer to advice during and beyond their treatment. The support team also offer complimentary therapies from massage to reflexology to help relieve anxiety and relax patients during their treatment.

I give my time to volunteer in the Focus Support Team because I know what an impact it makes for our patients. Whether they’re looking for advice about treatments, information on anything from financial decisions to accessing childcare or just need someone to listen, we’re determined to be there for them.

John Alderman, Volunteer

Rise and Recline Chemotherapy Chairs in Oncology Outpatients

Thanks to recent support we have been able to order six new rise and recline chairs for Oncology Outpatients, which will make a huge difference to patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatment for long periods; a time when the additional comfort and security offered by the chairs will make a real impact.

New research to benefit patients thanks to scanners funded in the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre and Hereford Radiotherapy Unit

Donations help to make new research projects possible, and Senior Radiographer Kate MacQuire recently won a Research Award for her MSc research demonstrating how ultrasound can improve treatment for patients with gynaecological or prostate cancers, a new technique in the UK.

Before we give treatment we need to identify the bladder volume, which has an impact on where the cancer is situated. This can vary from day to day, so it’s important to check before we start treatment. It can be really difficult for patients, who might already be under considerable stress, to keep the bladder at the correct level. Previously our only option to check the level was a CT scan; which is time consuming and if a patient’s bladder isn’t at the right level we need to start all over again. With ultrasound equipment funded by donors to Focus in both the Oncology Centre and Hereford Unit, we have been able to quickly check patients prior to treatment; giving reliable information which can be used immediately.

Kate MacQuire, Senior radiographer

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