North Tees patient rings the final bell on his Chemotherapy treatment

NORTH Tees patient rings the final bell on his Chemotherapy treatment.

David Patterson officially rang the bell following his last course of treatment. David has completed six cycles of therapy since the beginning of August. His wife and all of the nurses who have supported him over the last few months surrounded him as he commemorated the huge milestone in his life.

The bell was kindly donate by Jo Owen of the Blue Light Babies charity. Those who have undergone treatment are encouraged to ‘Ring this bell three times well its toll to clearly say my treatment’s done this course is run and I am on my way!”

The Chemotherapy Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees has recently undergone a refurbishment, making it more accessible for patients and their families than ever before.

The team are committed to ensuring patients are as comfortable as possible throughout their treatment. Patients can often spend whole days on the unit, it’s important that they are able to relax and enjoy some mild entertainment, accompanied by their loved ones.

The medical staff are over the moon to be able to give patients something to mark the end of their treatment with, and they hope to hear it ring each and every day.

Michelle Holmes, Chemotherapy Matron said: “Receiving therapy is often a difficult time for a patient and their family, so we want to make the experience as pleasant as possible. We have recently refurbished our Chemotherapy unit, making it more homely for everyone. We all really love the bell – it’s an invaluable way for our patients to mark the end of their treatment! It’s been an absolute pleasure caring for David and we wish him all the best for a healthy, happy future!”

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