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Macmillan Renton Unit (outpatient department and chemotherapy clinic)

Welcome to the Macmillan Renton Unit

The ‘Macmillan Renton Unit’ is a purpose built outpatient facility at Hereford County Hospital, in Hereford, which opened in 2011, and replaced the Charles Renton Unit.

The unit is a facility for the care of people who either have cancer or are having tests when cancer is suspected.

Patients and visitors to the new unit will experience first class spacious facilities including, a cancer information and support service, quiet rooms, refreshments area, and a tranquil landscaped garden with seating available to everyone.

Outpatient and chemotherapy clinics are held daily and other treatments such as blood transfusions are given in the unit.

In some cases patients who require more complex treatments may still be required to receive their treatment at Cheltenham General Hospital.

Opening times and parking

The unit is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm.

The site has good access options by foot or road, including a dedicated drop off area, and good parking facilities including disabled spaces.

Macmillan Renton Unit team

A variety of cancer nurse specialists are available to provide patient care in the unit including specialist nurses for breast cancer, gynaecological cancer (including ovarian) and urological cancers (this includes prostate, kidney and bladder cancer), upper GI (oesphagus, stomach, pancreas) and specialist palliative care. There are also medical secretaries who provide a link with the visiting cancer consultants (oncologists) at Cheltenham.

Cancer care depends on high quality information and the unit also includes the cancer data management team who support the multidisciplinary teams, waiting times, registries and national clinical audit support programmes and other organisations.

Macmillan Allied Health Professionals Team

Macmillan Cancer Support has funded a new Allied Health Professionals (AHP) team to offer patients personalised care and support in Herefordshire. The team consists of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Dietetics.

We are offering 1:1 appointments in Macmillan Renton Unit or via telephone, to patients with complex physical, functional and dietary needs. We can provide person centred support to prevent unnecessary loss of function and reduce side effects from cancer and cancer treatment.

For a referral please ask your healthcare provider or clinical nurse specialist team.

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service

The service is based at The County Hospital, within the Macmillan Renton Unit. Macmillan Cancer Support and Wye Valley NHS Trust have worked together to develop the Macmillan Cancer information and support service in the Macmillan Renton Unit. We offer people affected by cancer access to good quality, comprehensive and appropriate information and support.

Video for people with a long term condition about worries and anxiety

This video has been produced by Ray Owen at Wye Valley NHS Trust who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist.  The purpose of the video is to help support anyone with a long term health condition, such as cancer, to manage worries and anxiety.  If you would like any further information regarding this, please contact the Macmillan information and Support Service on 01432 355444 extension 5459 or email: Hereford.cancerinfoandsupport@nhs.net

Click here to access this video

Health and wellbeing cancer events

We have held a number of cancer health and wellbeing days with local voluntary organisations and support services.  These events offer people affected by cancer and their families the opportunity to access all the local information, support, and advice available, under one roof. This includes short talks from health professionals covering late effects of treatment, exercise, managing fatigue and the emotional impact for people affected by cancer and their family.   Voluntary sector services also provide taster activity sessions, such as tai chi, to promote the benefits of returning to activity after treatment for cancer.   To check when the next event is being held call our Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service on 01432 355444 ext 5459 or email hereford.cancerinfoandsupport@nhs.net

What our patients have to say about our service

MRU FINAL Patient Photo

We regularly receive positive feedback from our patients about the service and care we provide at the Macmillan Renton Unit.

One of our patients, Caroline (left in picture) has chosen to share her experience of the service provided in order to encourage patients to access the free help and advice available at the unit.  Click here to find out about Caroline's experience.                

How the Macmillan Renton Unit was created
Find out how the Macmillan Renton Unit was created.

Radiotherapy for Herefordshire

A purpose-built radiotherapy unit opened at Hereford County Hospital in August 2014. The Unit is run and staffed by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  To find out more click here

Hereford cancer support group

The group was originally formed over two years ago under the name of Hereford Cancer Buddies, but struggled to get going.  However, the committee members and  secretary with support from various outside interests have re-launched as Hereford Cancer Support Group.  The group has close links with Wye Valley NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, and meets monthly at the Yeleni Therapy & Support Centre, 2 Blackfriars Street, Hereford, from 11am to 1pm.  To find out more or join call Sandie Foster on 07427786759 or email sandiefoster56@yahoo.co.uk 

Ludlow cancer support group

The Ludlow cancer support group has been set up to provide a sociable and welcoming environment where, through friendship and shared experience, members can find additional strength to cope with their situation.  The group is not run by Wye Valley NHS Trust.  To find out more about Ludlow cancer support group click here.

Ross cancer support group

Ross Cancer Support Group takes place on the third Tuesday of every month, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Ross Community Hospital Seminar Room.  To find out more call Alison Stemp on 01432 355444 ext 5459 or email hereford.cancerinfoandsupport@nhs.net

Useful Links

Macmillan Cancer Support

St Michael's Hospice 

Contact Details

The Macmillan Renton Unit
01432 364107

Data Management Team
01432 364010

Oncology Nurse Practitioner
01432 355444 Ext 5695

Gynae/Oncology Nurse Specialist
01432 355444 Ext 5470

Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist
01432 355444 Ext 5693

Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
01432 355444 Ext 5770

Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
01432 355444 Ext 5778

Macmillan Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist
01432 355444 Ext 5409

Service Delivery Manager – Elective Care Manager
01432 355444 ext 1827

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