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Updated 27 April 2023

22 September 2022

Dorset County Hospital (DCH) has opened a new Chemotherapy Outreach Service in Bridport.

The service, based at Bridport Community Hospital, will allow patients in the town and surrounding area to receive chemotherapy and other cancer treatments closer to home.

The clinic is open two days a week and is supported by Fortuneswell Cancer Trust and Dorset HealthCare, which runs Bridport Hospital.

Abigail Orchard, Lead Cancer Nurse at Dorset County Hospital, said: “We’re delighted to be able to launch this new community-based service for those receiving cancer treatment. The benefits for patients are huge in terms of not having to travel as far, saving on fuel costs and receiving treatment in their local area. A big thank you to Fortuneswell Cancer Trust for helping to fund the service and to Dorset HealthCare for allowing us to use space at Bridport Community Hospital. We hope that this service will make a difference to our patients in and around Bridport.”

Siobhan Baxter, Facilities Area Manager for Dorset HealthCare, added: “We had a space that suited Dorset County Hospital’s needs so were more than happy to help by hosting the Chemotherapy Outreach Service at Bridport Hospital. Being able to receive treatment closer to home will make such a difference to patients and their families.”

Jackie Duffin, from West Bay, has received treatment from the unit. She said: “I’ve found it much easier to come here for treatment. Everyone makes you feel so welcome, I can’t speak highly enough of the staff and service here.”

The new service is part of a longer-term plan by Dorset County Hospital to provide more opportunities or patients to receive their cancer treatment closer to where they live, as opposed to having to travel to Dorchester or other parts of the county. This is in line with the ambitions of the NHS to provide care closer to home.

1. From left: Lisa Newey, Macmillan Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy Clinical Nurse (DCH), Siobhan Baxter, Facilities Area Manager (Dorset HealthCare), Richard Northwood, Senior Facilities Manager (Dorset HealthCare), Sandy and Peter Hewett (Fortuneswell Cancer Trust) Abigail Orchard, Lead Cancer Nurse (DCH), Leah Sherwood, Facilities Manager (Dorset HealthCare), Devon Welch, Staff Nurse (Dorset HealthCare)
2. Patient Jackie Duffin and Lisa Newey, Macmillan Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy Clinical Nurse at Dorset County Hospital