Scilly’s Cancer Patients Facing Huge Bills For Mainland Accommodation
Carol Clarke from Healthwatch told members of the recent Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee that some islanders needed daily outpatient treatment.
And that meant they had to spend long periods away from home.
Carol said they had to meet “huge” expense and accommodation costs and the situation is made worse by the transport problems.
She said some patients were leaving Scilly days in advance to make sure they arrived in time for their appointments.
Healthwatch have discussed the problems with the Cancer Patient and Carer group at Treliske and they were looking at possible solutions.
That could include “reasonably priced” university or staff rooms on-site at the hospital.
But Carol said a long-term solution could be to establish a facility similar to ‘The Lodge’ at Deriford Hospital in Plymouth.
That provides low priced accommodation for patients and their relatives and carers close to the hospital site.
Carol said the Isles of Scilly Rotary Club were looking at a fundraising to set up a similar centre in Cornwall.