Scilly’s Cancer Patients Facing Huge Bills For Mainland Accommodation

healthwatchCancer patients from Scilly need more help with the cost of accommodation while undergoing chemotherapy on the mainland.

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.

9 Responses to Scilly’s Cancer Patients Facing Huge Bills For Mainland Accommodation

  1. Pete November 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    The previous comment I made should have been addressed to Adam.

  2. Pete November 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    The article reads. Patients facing huge bills for accommodation. So what do you think the accommodation is when receiving treatment on the mainland e.g. hotel, b and b. Health watch are looking at Possible solutions. Has for a grant. It was you who said . There’s millions floating about waiting to be grabbed. With all your studying of facts and figures I thought that you may know something about the grant system. Which the patient’s do not know about. As I mentioned before you pay for the accommodation or do not receive the treatment.

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins November 7, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Which seemingly is why they are looking at a facility (like derifords) to hopefully reduce this or make more convenient. I would imagine that some kind of grant would be available to meet some of the capital/ build cost of a facility whose aim (unlike the hotels & B&Bs) would presumably not be looking to make a profit & so may in turn be cheaper.
      Generally grants provide longer term benefit when used in this way rather than what is effectively an outright subsidy. Personally I wish the same concept was used to address Scillies transport issues but seemingly certain providers would be expected to pass on capital savings to customers which presumably they don’t want to do.

  3. Soutie November 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

    How about the Steamship Co’s Community fund?

  4. John Gammon November 5, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Sign of the times when a story like this yields no comments compared to articles about planning applications and escaped dogs. People over here lose all perspective, all sense of community is largely dead, it’s all about NIMBYism.

    Good luck Carol and health watch, get some collections going. By the way, is there any lottery or European funding suitable to help with this? Been seeing Facebook campaigns for Newquay rowing club to get a bunch of money to enhance their clubhouse.

    • Pete November 5, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      You pay for the accommodation, or you do not have the treatment. That goes for any treatment one may need on the mainland. There is no alternative. Unfortunately that’s part of living over here. Cannot expect others to pay for you.

      • Adam Morton, St.Martins November 6, 2015 at 7:30 am

        What on earth are you on about? There’s millions in grant money floating about waiting to be grabbed for useless projects to provide ego boosts for bored people. Why on earth cannot a little bit of it not be directed towards something that will actually be used by people with no choice ?
        Completely agree with JG .

        • Pete November 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm

          Adam. What chance do you think a individual has for claiming a grant for hotel accommodation. Even if they are sick.

          • Adam Morton, St.Martins November 6, 2015 at 7:09 pm

            Why don’t you try reading the story? It doesn’t mention a hotel or even individuals claiming a grant, but on site rooms !