Protest over plan to move hospital unit

SIR - My wife and I are concerned about the proposed move of the Upper GI Unit from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, to Derriford. As someone who suffered from oesophageal cancer in 2000 and was successfully operated on by Mr R Berrisford and

SIR - My wife and I are concerned about the proposed move of the Upper GI Unit from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, to Derriford. As someone who suffered from oesophageal cancer in 2000 and was successfully operated on by Mr R Berrisford and his team, we must protest strongly. With the unfortunate continual increase of oesophageal cancer, we need our Exeter unit to remain. Just think of the distance, stress and trauma for, say, someone living in Lynton, who is diagnosed with this cancer. Also, with only one unit, we immediately lose beds and this could mean a longer wait for an operation.We cannot afford to lose the expertise of Mr Richard Berrisford and his team, especially the Minimally Invasive Oesophagectomy (keyhole surgery) approach to one of the most major operations which cancer patients can undergo. - Maurice and Joy Hill, Bishops Tawton.


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