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Study May Mean New Facilities
SOON-TO-BE published cancer study could lead to modern treatment
facilities being brought into Wigtownshire.
is the aspiration of Sandhead-based GP Gordon Baird who has
conducted the study with 58 Wigtownshire patients over the
last 18 months.
has concluded that there should be sufficient capacity in
the new Garrick Hospital for equipment to give chemotherapy,
ultrasound, or digital radiology investigations.
local sufferers will hope those results will bring an end
to the sometimes torturous journeys to Dumfries, Edinburgh
and Glasgow just for basic tests.
the study has revealed that local patients have on average
travelled a thousand miles in 18 months just for treatment
that could be available in Stranraer.
Dr Baird says, with a "modest input" from the local
Health Board, Stranraer's new Garrick Hospital, which is due
to open in less than two years, can be equipped with better
he revealed to the "Free Press" that the survey
threw up some worrying statistics.
minority of those we spoke to, around six per cent, said
that they were prepared to make compromises in their care
because of the travelling involved. That might mean not
having the treatment, or saying they would be prepared to
travel less for a different standard of care. That is quite
worrying," he stressed.
Baird will hand the completed study to officials at Dumfries
and Galloway Health Board and SCAN (South of Scotland Cancer
Network) before the turn of the year.
he hopes that facilities to give chemotherapy and radiology
treatment can be incorporated in the new Garrick.