Councillor battling cancer wins support for chemo at Stobhill

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A CRUSADE to secure crucial cancer treatment at Stobhill Hospital has received full backing from East Dunbartonshire Council.

Councillors from all parties gave unanimous backing to a motion put forward by Campsie and Kirkintilloch North Councillor Charles Kennedy at their meeting last week.

The motion asked that the council “support the campaign for the provision of chemotherapy services within Stobhill, which are of vital importance to the residents in the area”.

Currently patients from Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and surrounding areas have to travel to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre at Gartnavel Hospital for treatment.The Stobhill campaign group has called for chemotherapy to be delivered at the new £100million ambulatory care and diagnostic centre (ACAD) at Stobhill - similar to the service provided at the Victoria Infirmary ACAD.

Independent Alliance councillor Kennedy, who is undergoing chemotherapy for prostate cancer, said: “In 2005/6 when we were told what would be in the new Stobhill, treatments for blood disorders and cancers were included. We want NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to give to Stobhill what they have already given to the Victoria.”

Deputy council leader Billy Hendry seconded the motion. He said: “This is a very worthwhile campaign. I’m delighted to support the motion.”

SNP group leader Councillor Ian Mackay said: “I think this is one of the most important things we have debated for a long time.

“I was on the new Stobhill Hospital monitoring group and as late as 2009 there was still a proposal for an oncology service.”

More than 320 cancer patients from the G66/G65 area received treatment at the Beatson in December last year.

Lenzie man Tom Herbert, secretary of the Stobhill campaign group, said: “I’m delighted that East Dunbartonshire Council recognises the plight of cancer sufferers in the area and is offering its support.”

An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesperson said: “We are updating the potential demand for chemotherapy to assess if there has been any increase which may present a case for delivery of a chemotherapy service at the New Stobhill.”

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