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CCG: Increasing access to cancer services


9 September 2013

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One CCG has quadrupled access to specialist cancer clinics as part of a plan to provide care closer to home. 
As part of a reorganisation of hospital services, extra lymphoedema clinics have been announced by North Kirklees CCG. 
The condition causes swelling to the limbs, and with many patients in remission from cancer it was hard to travel far for treatment. 

One CCG has quadrupled access to specialist cancer clinics as part of a plan to provide care closer to home. 
As part of a reorganisation of hospital services, extra lymphoedema clinics have been announced by North Kirklees CCG. 
The condition causes swelling to the limbs, and with many patients in remission from cancer it was hard to travel far for treatment. 
David Kelly, chairman of the CCG, said: “The lymphoedema service at the Rosewood Centre has been overwhelmed by the number of patients coming forward for help to manage their condition.
“Waiting lists for assessment appointments were extending out to months, so I’m pleased that we’ve been able to arrange extra weekly clinics. This creates the capacity we need to manage existing and anticipated demand from local patients.”
Under the reorganisation of services in the area Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield will become the main centre for emergency inpatient care, with both Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals taking a greater role in dealing with planned care.
More treatment will be provided in community clinics or at home.

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