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Date: 28 July 2020

Cancer patients encouraged to return to RUH

A cancer patient receiving treatment at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has called on other cancer patients to make sure they keep their appointments, calling the RUH 'clean, well-organised and safe to return to'.

LOLS10在线直播下注 The reassurance comes amid national reports that people have delayed getting checked for cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dave Hayward, from Bath, receives regular immunotherapy treatment for melanoma, visiting the RUH every few weeks. During the COVID-19 pandemic Dave received treatment, along with all of the RUH's cancer patients, from RUH staff temporarily based at the Circle Bath hospital.

LOLS10在线直播下注 Cancer outpatients are now returning to the RUH and Dave said it's important they visit for treatment and appointments.

"I had to visit the RUH a couple of times during the height of the pandemic, once to visit the cancer unit and once for a procedure in Dermatology," said Dave.

LOLS10在线直播下注 "I was nervous about visiting, but as soon as I arrived I felt reassured and put at ease.

"There are hand sanitisers and masks for patients when you arrive and there are lots of reminders about the importance of social distancing.

LOLS10在线直播下注 "When I arrived at the Oncology department I had my temperature taken and was asked to sanitise my hands. The department was very clean and the waiting area had been adapted to allow for social distancing, with much bigger spaces between chairs.

LOLS10在线直播下注 "All of the staff wore PPE, which I found very reassuring, and they were very friendly and supportive. "My message to cancer patients who may be wary of visiting the hospital is: don't worry. The hospital is clean and well organised.

LOLS10在线直播下注 "It's so important that you keep getting your treatment and attend appointments – don't put it off." Dave added that he had received excellent care from the RUH.

LOLS10在线直播下注 "All the staff, especially the Macmillan team, have been fantastic," he said. "They are so supportive and reassuring and you get to know them so well, they become like friends."

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