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Dame Judi Dench opens new mobile chemotherapy unit in Woking

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Dame Judi Dench opens new mobile chemotherapy unit in Woking

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:25pm 26th February 2020. (Updated at 5:57pm 27th February 2020)

Dame Judi Dench has officially opened a new mobile chemotherapy unit that will allow cancer patients to receive care closer to home.

The Oscar-winning actress opened the unit, which is the first of its kind in the South East, during a special ceremony in Woking today (26 February).

Dame Judi toured the facility in Goldsworth Road, as well as speaking to staff and meeting patients who will benefit from the service.

Judy Dench in Woking

The Royal Surrey currently sees up to 500 patients a week for treatment and once fully operational the mobile unit will treat around 80 of those patients.

It is fully furnished with all of the same equipment that is available at the main hospital sites.

Judy Dench in Woking

Vicki Mumford, Divisional Head of Nursing for Oncology, said it means patients can "continue to lead more normal lives":

“For more patients than ever cancer is now a long term condition rather than an acute disease.

“These patients are parents, who want to do the school run, or employees who want to continue to work during treatment.

They don’t want their lives to revolve around appointments and their diagnosis.

“By bringing chemotherapy into the community we are bringing our expert care and treatment closer to home, which should allow many to continue to lead more normal lives.”

Judy Dench in Woking