A CHEMOTHERAPY patient has opened a new treatment room for the Haematology Unit in University Hospital Coventry.
Rachel Glanville, aged 58 and from Rugby, has been a patient of the unit since September 2015 when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia – a cancer of white blood cells.
Rachel is one of more than 5,000 adults – from Coventry and Warwickshire with blood diseases such as leukaemia – that attend the specialist outpatients and day unit in the hospital’s Haematology Unit.
The new treatment room, which was funded by UHCW Charity, opens as the number of patients each year has increased by 75 per cent in the last five years.
Rachel said: “I was given my diagnosis in a very small room – much different to the room I’ve just opened.
“I can see immediately how much better it will be for patients, their families, and for their doctors, as there is now a place where we can take as much time as needed to chat together with the doctors about our illness and our treatment.”
The room will provide a quiet place for patient assessments and clinical care to take place.
The room has been designed to have access from the day unit and the ward, which mean it can be used seven days a week if needed.
Rachel added: “It’s great to know that I don’t need to worry if my dressings need changing at the weekend when the day unit is closed – this new room enables staff from the ward to be able to care for me as a day patient.”
UHCW Charity raised over £125,000 for the new treatment room to be built in just nine months.
Three substantial donations from the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund, Clive Hale Memorial Fund and University Hospital’s Volunteer Services helped make the room possible.
Adela Appleby, head of UHCW Charity, said: “It is amazing how quickly local people responded to this appeal.
“I’m pleased we were able to respond so quickly when the doctors asked us for help and the donations we received have had a positive impact on the care of patients like Rachel.”