Focus is the charitable fund for the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre, making a real difference for local cancer patients and their loved ones.
Our supporters help to fund extra care, specialist equipment and new research over and above that provided by the NHS. Thanks to donations, gifts in wills and fundraising we have funded a number of projects including:
Cancer Care through the Focus Support Centre
Based in the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre, the Focus Support Centre offers information, help and advice for local cancer patients and their loved ones. The Focus Team, funded by donations, work alongside a committed group of volunteers to provide patient support at every step; from a diagnosis of cancer to advice during and beyond their treatment.
You can read more about the Focus Support Centre here.
Revolutionary Technology available to patients
A new specialist technology is benefitting local cancer patients for the first time in Gloucestershire. Cryoablation destroys cancer cells by freezing them, with precision probes placed within a tumour, which is then frozen to -40 degrees centigrade. For people living with small cancer tumours, this treatment is less invasive and means patients will take much less time to recover. The technique also lowers the risk of complications during surgery.
You can read more about this specialist technology here.
Research to Improve Future Patient Care
A charity funded Research Support Officer role will be working with our experienced team on studies that will enable us to offer patients new and innovative treatment options as well as emerging therapy techniques . Research studies will be invaluable in our understanding and future oncology planning and this role will help transform the lives of local patients.
You can read more about how research is making a difference at our hospitals here.
State-of-the-art Equipment to help improve patient experience
Our supporters have helped fund specialist equipment such as sky ceilings to transform the hospital environment and provide a welcome distraction for patients during their treatment. Rise and recline chairs help give extra support and comfort. Our vein finder appeal is raising funds for this state-of-the-art technology that can help our staff find the most effective vein for treatment. By simply holding the device above the chosen body area, the veins underneath are clearly displayed on the surface of the patient’s skin.
You can read more about our Vein Finder appeal here.