04 February 2015, National

World Cancer Day; exploring the importance of bringing healthcare closer to home

As the number of people living with cancer continues to rise, we look at how healthcare services at Finchley Memorial Hospital in London are adapting in-line with the changing needs of patients.

There are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis, an increase of almost half a million in the last five years. The good news is that those who have been diagnosed are living longer.

As the number of people living with cancer continues to rise, it’s important that healthcare services adapt in-line with the changing needs of patients. The NHS ‘Five Year Forward View’, published in October, sets out a vision for a better NHS, with a priority being to bring care into local communities.  

12-bed infusion suite brings chemotherapy services closer to home

One service leading the way is operating out of Community Health Partnerships' Finchley Memorial Hospital in Barnet, North London, which opened in 2013. The £28m building, constructed using sustainable materials, houses a state-of-the-art, 12-bed infusion suite, one of the first local community chemotherapy services in London.

Improving access to community-based cancer care

The purpose-built suite, which patients previously had to travel to the Royal Free hospital in Camden for, is run by experienced senior nurses, working closely with patients, consultants and the wider nursing team to ensure the safe delivery of treatment.

Providing advanced primary and community health services

The award-winning hospital was developed by public private partnership North London Estate Partnerships with involvement from the local community, staff, patients and other stakeholders and aims to provide the most advanced primary and community health services.

Alongside the infusion suite, other services include: inpatient rehabilitative care, outpatient services, blood tests, x-ray and other diagnostics, a walk-in centre to treat minor injuries and illnesses, along with a pharmacy and patient information library. 

The building is surrounded by parkland which includes a physiotherapy garden and football pitches, all-in-all providing care for the local community in first-class surroundings.

So, on World Cancer Day, as the number of people living with cancer continues to rise, we are committed to developing healthcare services that meet this demand, ensuring that patients are increasingly able to access first-class treatment, much closer to home.