£1m for a New Cancer Care and Dialysis Centre for West Berkshire - The Rosemary Appeal
The Rosemary Appeal is named after Rosemary Rooke, who donated land to the Newbury and Thatcham Hospital building Trust (NTHBT) in her will. The land was used to build the West Berkshire Community Hospital.
The Rosemay Appeal is aiming to enhance our local community medical care by raising £4.5m to build The Rosemary Centre at the hospital and also to fund both the staff and equipment it will need.
The new Centre will transform the lives of patients and their carers in West Berkshire, saving hours of discomfortable travel to receive regular treatment from hospitals in Reading, Oxford, Swindon and even further afield in Southampton and London.
Facilites at the Rosemary Centre will include:
- Renal Dialysis
There is currently nowhere in West Berkshire for patients to receive Renal dialysis treatment. Patients have to travel from their homes to Reading three times a week for critical treatment. The Rosemary Centre will bring this crucial capability to treat a increasingly common illness to the local community.
- Day Therapy Unit
The new Centre will have consulting and treatment rooms, with areas for privacy. The Community Specialist Nurses will be based in the Centre. The existing care team will be able to care for 30% more patients, enabling people suffering from cancer, and advanced heart, neurological and respiratory illnesses to receive additional care.
- Community Chemotheraphy
With a designated Chemotheraphy unit, the Rosemary Centre will be able to provide a greater level of treatment to more patients beyond the existing mobile unit. The designated Chemotherapy unit will offer privacy and comfort during a difficult time for patients, with a waiting area for their nearest and dearest in the same building.
- IV Therapy
The Newbury Hospital Community IV Team are currently restricted by limited treatment areas. The new Centre will allow more treatments to be given locally, including immune system treatments for rheumatology, haematology and gastroenterology. The treatments will be given in the community chemotherapy area of the Centre.
- CT Scanner
The presence of a CT Scanner will aid early diagnosis of serious illness as well as helping to monitor progress of treatment. The new scanner will reduce waiting times for scans in the region, ensuring as many serious illnesses are caught as early as possible.
The Trust has pledged to match fund all public and corporate donations to the Rosemay Appeal made through The Good Exchange up to £5,000 per donation, and up to a total of £1m.