Chemotherapy services

Statement by Liz Moore, Director for Acute Services

NHS Ayrshire & Arran provides chemotherapy treatments to patients with breast, colorectal, lung, urology and haemato-oncology cancer. All other chemotherapy treatments for patients who live in Ayrshire are provided in Glasgow at the Beatson Oncology Centre.

The Ayrshire chemotherapy treatment service has been under review since the beginning of 2015. This review is to ensure that chemotherapy services are continuously provided to a high standard by the right staff. We also need a service which will be able to cope with the increasing numbers of people expected to require the service into the future, and also to ensure we can continue to deliver increasingly complex chemotherapy treatments safely. Improving cancer survival rates, improving cancer treatments and early detection of cancer mean it is expected that the number of chemotherapy treatments undertaken in Ayrshire and Arran will increase by around nine per cent annually.

Since 2015 we have been engaging with service-users, their relatives, staff, members of the public, voluntary organisations supporting local cancer services and the Scottish Health Council about the future provision and sustainability of our chemotherapy services in Ayrshire. This engagement included an ┬╣option appraisal with these representatives.

We are now planning on engaging further with staff, patients and members of the public over the coming months about the outcome from the option appraisal to continue to inform proposals. We will be asking people for their views on the future provision of chemotherapy services in Ayrshire and Arran to allow us to conclude our proposals.