The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is the leading centre for orthopaedic oncology in the UK. This means that many of our patients have to travel from across the country to receive treatment. Travelling a long way can be tiring and time consuming for anyone, but to do so to receive life changing treatment or to attend an oncology appointment, can cause worry and be a major cause of stress for some patients. The Cancer Care Family Fund has been set up so that we can support patients, families and carers in whatever way we can.
We support the oncology service in two ways:
Every year hundreds of our oncology patients travel over 50 miles to see us costing each patient hundreds of pounds in travel alone. For some patients and families meeting these hidden costs is not practical, and that’s where the Cancer Care Family Fund can help to take away that added financial pressure a cancer diagnosis can bring.
Every year we provide up to £19,000 to the oncology team in order to support patients and their families with travel, accommodation and other costs arising from hospital visits. It’s something we feel really passionate about, and we would love your support in helping this to continue.
Each oncology patient undergoes a financial assessment completed by the Macmillan team to determine whether they are eligible for funding.
Unfortunately care packages are not being given out at the current time due to COVID-19 advice as well as regular changes in the oncology service at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. We are constantly reviewing COVID-19 guidelines and hope you have these put back in place soon.
In normal circumstances, each patient undergoing surgery through the Oncology service will receive a care package filled with goodies to help brighten their stay and relieve anxiety. The package includes details of our mindfulness classes, a step by step guide to meditation, and more.
Travelling and supporting someone undergoing treatment can be hard for family members too, so the packages include items with the family in mind, such as a voucher to our hospital café.
This is a small gesture, but one that has been really well received by patients and their loved ones.
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