Radiotherapy patients at Rosemere Cancer Centre will be given their own brand new treatment gown after concerns were raised about cleanliness and sizing.Advertisement
Rosemere Cancer Foundation agreed to spend £1,625 on an order of 500 polycotton popper gowns, which patients can take home and bring back to wear at each appointment.
Linda O’Shea, Acting Principal Radiographer (Treatment Delivery), asked for the funding after a number of patients commented that gowns supplied from the hospital laundry room were creased and didn’t fit well.
Linda said: “Creasing is due to the cleaning process but patients have, at times, not believed them to be fresh for their use.
“By supplying patients with their own new gown, patients can be confident of both cleanliness and appropriate sizing.”
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Gowns will be given out at treatment planning appointments, initially to patients receiving treatment to chest, head and neck areas. In the future this is likely to be extended to patients receiving treatment to the pelvis area, with orders expected to be placed up to three times a year.
At the end of their treatment, patients will return their gown, and it will then be sent for cleaning and re-distribution elsewhere within the NHS.
Rosemere Cancer Centre’s Radiotherapy Department at RPH delivers radiotherapy treatment to patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria. It sees approximately 80 new patients per week, whose treatment is typically given on a daily basis from Monday to Friday for up to six weeks.
Find out more about Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s work to bring world class cancer treatments and services to its patients on the Rosemere website.
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