CHEMOTHERAPY patients at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital may not have to wait as long for their treatment thanks to a Staveley charity fund.
A cheque for £41,631 was presented on behalf of the Stanton Charitable Trust, a non-profit making part of the Saint-Gobain Pam UK Ltd Staveley Works that was set up in 1987.
Stewart Nicholas, Site Director for Saint-Gobain Pam UK, was Plant Manager for the Staveley site and Chair of the trust.
He said “The trust was intended to benefit the local community and when the Staveley site closed in 2007 there was a lot of discussion with the workforce as to what to do with the money that was left.
“They decided overwhelmingly that the hospital would be their first choice as it served the whole community and ideally the money should go towards the treatment of cancer.”
Steven Swift is the head of cancer services at the Royal and said: “We’ve used the money to buy a number of Hospira Pumps that will make a significant difference to both our patients and staff because it greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to administer the chemotherapy.
“The pumps allow multiple infusions and are automatic which means the nurses that used to administer the chemotherapy manually don’t have to stand over the patient for the duration of the treatment.”
Mr Swift added: “Because of the multi-infusion element we can set up two people at once, an alarm will sound to alert the nurse as to when the treatment has finished and it’s faster.
“It also reduces the human error risk and prevents our nurses from getting repetitive strain injuries because constantly pushing down on the syringes is surprisingly demanding work.
“We’re very grateful to the charitable trust for allowing us the means to buy these pumps and we’re delighted to be able to unveil this plaque to show our appreciation.”
Clive Turner is a trustee and was Personnel Officer on site at Staveley. He said: “It was great coming to the Royal and finding out what these pumps will be used for and meeting one or two of our former employees who now work at the hospital.
“I’m delighted that the money will be put to good use and that some of these seriously ill people will be a bit more comfortable and not have to wait as long during their treatment.”