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10 April 2014

Mr Jack Lopresti MP opens new local cancer treatment facility at Concord Medical Centre, Little Stoke

On Friday 11 April from 12:30-1:30pm, former cancer patient and Member of Parliament for Filton and Bradley Stoke Jack Lopresti will visit the Concord Medical Centre to open a new facility providing chemotherapy treatment in the community.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has recently opened a community chemotherapy suite at the Concord Medical Centre. The aim of this service is to deliver care closer to patients' homes.

Mr Lopresti underwent a three month course of chemotherapy at UH Bristol's Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) in 2013, after receiving a diagnosis of bowel cancer. The new facility means that many patients from Mr Lopresti's constituency who are having a suitable course of treatment will be able to do so without having to travel to Bristol city centre.

Jack Lopresti commented: "The community chemotherapy suite at Concord Medical Centre is an extremely welcome addition to local healthcare provision. During my own cancer treatment, I had to make the journey from Filton to central Bristol. This new facility is more accessible for local residents."

The community suite at Concord Medical Centre will provide treatment to patients in exactly the same way as they would receive it at BHOC; there are six reclining chairs and treatments will be carried out by highly qualified nurses from BHOC. Patients remain under the care of a UH Bristol consultant and will still need to attend BHOC for reviews during their treatment.

Dr Simon Bradley, executive partner at Concord Medical Centre said: "We are delighted to be offering this service at the centre, making treatment more convenient and less stressful for local people. I look forward to speaking with Mr Lopresti about the benefits and advantages of our collaboration with University Hospitals Bristol".