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Cancer Connect expands to aid North Cork patients

Thursday, 27th April, 2017 1:00am

Going through an illness is never an easy time. Family and friends become more important than ever, but sometimes patients need an extra helping hand.

Cancer Connect Service is a free and flexible transport service to Cork hospitals from West Cork for people receiving radiotherapy, chemotherapy and related treatments.

Due to high demand, the service has widened and is now available to patients in North Cork and is offering transport from Rockchapel, through Newmarket, to Cork hospitals.

Cancer Connect is managed by Local Link Cork, which is a registered charity and a not-for-profit company that has been in operation since 2011.

The project was initiated due to the challenges faced by so many people who are diagnosed with cancer and require treatment on a daily basis in Cork.

The service is driven by a team of volunteers that offer a day per month to bring a community member to hospital to receive treatment.

There are two aspects to the service, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

A radiotherapy service operates daily and travels to CUH Radiotherapy Department. Each route has a set timetable with pick up times and points scheduled.

The second service available, is for passengers receiving chemotherapy, or related appointments (such as scans, blood tests, doctor appointments etc.)

This is a one-to-one service, recognising the vulnerability of a passenger receiving chemotherapy and also the need for flexible times.

To date, there have been over 18,600 passenger journeys recorded. This figure represents trips for over 450 passengers from across West Cork to various Cork hospitals.

One patient said: “One thing that has made this time so much easier and something that I will never forget is the Cancer Connect bus, the most wonderful service run by the most fabulous, selfless, kind team of volunteers.

“Every morning I was collected on their bus and brought back home again.

“Every day we were collected by a different driver. They were the most caring group of people I have come across ever, all giving their day to help strangers.

“The drivers were so varied – male, females, ex-school teachers, farmers, builders, even people who have used this service themselves in the past,” the patient said.

• The Great Limerick Run is taking place this Sunday 30 April and Corkwoman Grace Shevlin is taking part in the half marathon to raise funds for the Cancer Connect service.

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