The audience also got to meet and play with the star of the show, the Da Vinci Xi robot, the most advanced robotic surgical equipment in the world for which the Appeal raised £1.25m. The cancer research team revealed how more patients from the region than ever before can now be offered the opportunity to be involved in clinical trials, accessing new treatments well before they are available through the NHS, thanks to funding by the Appeal of a Cancer Clinical Trials Co-ordinator and on site pathology and pharmacy facilities. And the Rosemere Cancer Foundation also announced a change to its plans for the Ribblesdale Cancer Ward to undertake a more radical remodelling of the ward to provide better in-patient facilities.
Catherine Silcock, Divisional Nursing Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, explained “The opportunity has arisen on the back of a much larger project taking place within the Trust over the next 12 months to do far more than we had ever hoped on the Ribblesdale Ward. We are working through plans to decant the ward to a temporary facility which will allow us to undertake a more extensive refurbishment which will provide better facilities for patients and their relatives, including age appropriate surroundings for teenagers and young adults, better privacy and dignity for patients at the end of their lives and better facilities for relatives wishing to stay close to their loved ones.”
However, all this comes at a cost and Rosemere’s Chief Officer, Sue Thompson, also announced that the Appeal would roll on throughout 2018 to raise the additional £842,000 needed to complete this more ambitious scheme. “The 20th Anniversary Appeal has had tremendous support over the last 12 months but we hope people will understand the need to keep going for just a little while longer so that we can do the very best for patients and their relatives who spend time on the Ribblesdale Ward.”