A newly refurbished chemotherapy day unit at Darlington Memorial
Hospital has been officially opened, offering patients an improved
environment and increasing capacity.
The Rosin Unit offers first class facilities enabling patients
to be accompanied by relatives or friends during their treatment, a
brighter, lighter environment with increased capacity for more
patients, a new assessment bay and a bespoke reception area and
Maureen Flatman, ward manager said: "We're absolutely thrilled
with the Rosin Unit's transformation. The unit has a long and proud
history for delivering the best quality treatment to our
"The new chemotherapy service is well established and has
continued to develop year on year. This year has been an exciting
and challenging one and we're delighted to now beable to offer
families the opportunity to stay with their loved ones during
treatment, as well as providing a bright, clean and contemporary
environment that lifts the mood of patients during what is a
"It may seem a small thing but it makes such a difference to see
how this helps patients. We have the right equipment in the right
environment, and the new space makes things so much better for our
patients helping their treatments and recoveries."
One patient who has benefitted from the Unit's transformation is
73-year-old, Brenda Drysdale, from Hurworth near Darlington. Having
been diagnosed with myeloma (a form of blood cancer) in 2008,
Brenda believes the refurbishment has helped to improve her
experience of chemotherapy.
She said: "Before my diagnosis, I was a really active person. I
enjoyed walking and played lots of badminton. Even though I'd been
feeling tired before I received my test results, nothing could've
prepared me for what happened next. When the doctor told me that I
had myeloma, I was shocked and thought that it must be a mistake. I
got really upset - thinking about what might happen to me and my
"I was pretty nervous about going for my first phase of
treatment, as I didn't know what to expect. Thankfully the care
that I received from the moment I walked in the original Centre was
truly amazing. Everyone from the doctors and nurses, down to the
cleaners were extremely kind - helping to make my treatment a much
more manageable experience.
"When I received my first lot of chemotherapy treatment, the
facilities in the old centre weren't like they are now. There
wasn't much room for your family to stay with you through the
treatment, which could be hard at times.
"The newly refurbished centre is so light and airy, that you're
instantly more relaxed. I believe that your surroundings play a big
part in how you feel when you're receiving your treatment and to
have space for your family to come and be with you during those
hard times makes such a difference.
"I really enjoy visiting the new Rosin Unit. I feel so lucky
that we have a first class facility that is convenient to get to.
The improved environment of the new centre has had a huge impact on
my mood when I go for treatment and I've certainly noticed more
people smiling which just shows how much the service is helping to
make a difference to people's lives."
The Rosin Unit is named in memory of a local GP Dr Louis
Joseph Rosin, in recognition of the role he played in fundraising
for the further development of haematology services in Darlington.
Chemotherapy is no longer a rare treatment as it once was, and the
new unit has responded to modern demands for treatment which can
often last for up to two years, with regular visits until the
disease relapses and/or stops.
But, thanks to funding from County Durham and Darlington
Foundation Trust and the Leukaemia Charitable Fund - a local
fundraising group currently led by Cllr Heather Scott - the
modernisation of the Rosin Centre has extended services in
Darlington and raised standards of quality care being delivered for
Councillor Heather Scott, O.B.E., chairman of the fundraising
committee, said: "This is a wonderful day for Darlington. We set up
the fundraising group in the 1990s and the people really took the
cause to their hearts. We raised in excess of £350,000 for the
haematology unit and cancer services, and Doctor Rosin would have
been delighted to see how treatments at Darlington Memorial
Hospital are saving lives.
"I am so proud of the way that the people of Darlington and
surrounding districts responded over the years and gave so
generously to this cause."
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community