Kerry Cancer Support Group Launches its Limerick Route

Delighted to help with the Kerry Cancer Support Group Limerick Bus Launch were: Mazen El Bassiouni, Consultant Radiation Oncologist Mid Western Radiation Oncology Centre, Paddy King, Lisselton, service user and Mark Collins, driver, Kerry Cancer Support Group. Photograph: Alan Place
Service user, Paddy King, Lisselton, (centre) pictured with the Kerry Cancer Support team members from left: Mark Collins, driver; Breda Dyland, manager Kerry Cancer Support Group; Mr. King, Trish Kelly, office administrator Kerry Cancer Support Group and Paudie Collins, driver. Photograph: Alan Place
At the Kerry Cancer Support Group Limerick Bus Launch were front from left: Josephine Earls, operational manager, Cancer Services Business Unit, UHL; Breda Dyland, manager Kerry Cancer Support Group; Trish Kelly, Kerry Cancer Support Group; Ann Harnett, Radiotherapy Centre manager, Mater Private Limerick; Des O’Halloran, Kerry Cancer Support Group; Marie Claire O’ Toole, Radiotherapy Services manager, Mater Private Limerick; Dan Horan, Kerry Cancer Support Group; Paddy King, Lisselton, Co. Kerry and Mazen el Bassiouni, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Mater Private, Limerick. Back from left: Chris Robbins, Kerry Cancer Support Group; Paudie Collins and Mark Collins, Kerry Cancer Support Group. Photograph: Alan Place

Kerry Cancer Support Group Health Link Transport has announced the launch of its new Limerick Route.

The route, which has been piloted for the past year, is now ready for service and the group has a brand new bus to dedicate to it.

North Kerry / West Limerick

The new service starts in St Brendan’s Church in Tralee and serves North Kerry and parts of West Limerick. It is hoped that it will operate on a very similar basis to the one operating to Cork University Hospital.

“We are very excited to launch the new route with full cooperation from the Mater Private Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre,” said Kerry Cancer Support Group’s Manager, Breda Dyland.

Needs of Service Users

“This is a great opportunity to develop our service, after researching what our service users need and we know from our Cork service that we can provide what our users need on a daily basis.

“With incidence of cancer set to grow – the National Cancer Registry of Ireland forecast that by next year the number is set to rise to 1 in 2 – we see our services being needed even more.

A Decade Ahead

“Over the past nine years we have played a central role in transporting people from Kerry and beyond for treatment and raising issues relating to cancer in the county and nationally.

“After consulting with our members, our trustees and the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre we are now taking this important step forward to enhance our position and help prepare our service users and the region for the next decade.

“Kerry Cancer Support Group is dedicated to providing the best quality transport for our service users.

Enhanced Service

“We feel that by enhancing our service we will ensure that we do that. We provide dedicated drivers on our routes so that our service users have a real sense of security and point of contact.

“We would like to thank the Mater Private Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre, our sponsors, our volunteers and all of our supporters for their fantastic support over the years. This development for our service users really reflects this support,” said Ms.Dyland.

Challenges Overcome

Meanwhile, Ann Harnett, manager of the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre found that getting to the centre for treatment presented a significant challenge to some patients.

“We are delighted to support this initiative which will benefit patients and their families,” she said.

The Kerry Cancer Support Group’s advice on booking a seat on either service is to call: 066 71 95560.

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