Health Committee Asked To Support More Island-Based Chemotherapy

hospital 4The islands’ Lead GP says he believes more chemotherapy treatments could be performed on the islands, saving patients a trip to the mainland.

Dr John Garman was speaking at the Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which monitors medical provision on Scilly.

The group received a letter from St Mary’s resident Smudge Smith asking them to support more treatments being made available at the Health Centre.

The letter described how receiving chemotherapy on the mainland can take up to two days and involve a lot of cost and further distress for people who are obviously very ill.

Committee Chairman, former island doctor Adrian Davis, said these treatments had been provided here in the past, but he was aware it’s not a simple matter.

Dr Garman told members that some chemo regimes are very complex and will need to be given at Treliske, but some could be carried out on the islands.

The medical practice was actively looking at how to provide the treatments and he said Liskeard Hospital, in the east of Cornwall, was already doing something similar.

He’s planning to visit there with Hospital Manager Anita Bedford to get more information. They’ll then need to submit their plans to health commissioners for approval.

The committee agreed to support Smudge’s request.