A fundraising appeal was launched on #GivingTuesday to raise the final £500,000 needed to provide a purpose-built Chemotherapy Day Unit at Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth, west Wales.
With the help and support of people from across Ceredigion and beyond, the vision of a brand-new chemotherapy unit for local people can become a reality.
Over 60 people a week receive vital anti-cancer treatment at Bronglais Hospital, a total of around 300 people a year from across Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Powys.
The development of a new unit will cost in the region of £2.2m, with a total of nearly £1.7m already confirmed for the scheme, largely thanks to the generosity of our local communities.
Through the Bronglais Chemo Appeal, there is now a final push for the remaining £500,000.
The overriding aim of the development is to provide a modern, fit-for-the-future chemotherapy day unit to improve the patient experience.
The physical environment of the current chemotherapy day unit is not designed for the purpose of delivering anti-cancer treatment. The current unit is located in an outdated, open-plan area, surrounded by a number of other outpatient clinics and requires significant modernisation to deliver anti-cancer treatment into the future.
Plans have been approved by Hywel Dda University Health Board for the chemotherapy unit to remain at its current location and for the footprint of the unit to be extended and fully refurbished.
The Bronglais Chemo Appeal is being launched by Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board – and £500,000 needs to be raised for construction work to start in February 2023.
Peter Skitt, County Director for Ceredigion at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said:
“When talking to patients, we hear many fantastic things about the care and support offered by staff and the way they frequently go above and beyond the call of duty to help patients. But the area housing the unit needs updating to reflect the outstanding care and dedicated people who work here.
“A new chemotherapy day unit would mean the provision of an improved experience for our patients in a modern, fit-for-the-future facility that is tailored for patients at different stages of cancer, offering more comfort, privacy and dignity.
“The final design for the new unit will be led by staff who know best what the unit should provide and what the environment should feel like. Patients and other key stakeholders will also be engaged in this process.”
Gina Beard, Lead Cancer Nurse, said:
“This appeal means an awful lot to the staff. The team at Bronglais Hospital provides an excellent service but know it could be even better with improved surroundings.”
Tara Nickerson, Fundraising Manager for Hywel Dda Health Charities, said:
“Our local communities have been so generous already, with over three-quarters of the funding secured. We are now just £500,000 short of our target to be able to provide a new unit and we are appealing for public help to raise these vital funds and support us in any way they can.”