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8th Aug, 2022

New reusable bottle scheme at Worcestershire hospital's oncology centre

CANCER patients across Worcestershire are being invited to take advantage of a new reusable bottle scheme at the county’s Oncology Centre.

The centre’s radiotherapy team have worked with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity to fund reusable, biodegradable water bottles for patients undergoing pelvic radiotherapy treatment who follow a drinking protocol for treatment.

The bottles were introduced to help support patients in drinking the correct amount of fluid for their radiotherapy treatment and to drastically reduce the use of single use plastic in the Oncology department.

Therapy Radiographer Richard Cormie said: “Good hydration during cancer treatment is encouraged as it can help with treatment fatigue and can assist with flushing toxins from the body.

“We hope individual patient water bottles will encourage good hydration and assist patients with their bladder filling requirements during radiotherapy planning and treatment.”

Richard Stark, a patient at the centre, said: “The reusable water bottles are a wonderful idea; Patients know exactly how much water they are drinking due to the graduated scale on the bottle.

Patients given a bottle have the option to make a charitable donation of £2 to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals

Charity which will go towards purchasing more bottles for radiotherapy patients undergoing pelvic radiotherapy treatment.

To donate to the charity to fund water bottles, text BOTTLE to 70085 to donate £2. Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message.

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