Royton cancer survivor is first to pioneer new treatment

John Bispham And Vicki ElcockA Royton cancer survivor was the first in the country to trial an innovative new treatment that allows him to stay out of hospital when he needs specialist antibiotics.

John Bispham, 58, has a wound at the back of his knee from surgery on a tumour more than 25 years ago.

The wound is prone to tearing, which can lead to infections, meaning he regularly has to have antibiotics through an intravenous (IV) line.

Usually, this would mean a stay in hospital, resulting in valuable time off work and loss of income for John, who is a self-employed electrician.

However staff at Butler Green Enhanced Intermediate Care Centre in Chadderton offered John the chance to try a pioneering new treatment which allows the antibiotics to be released slowly into his system over 24 hours via a portable pack worn round his waist. The antibiotic pump was the first to be trialled in the UK.

John managed to continue to run his business and lead a normal lifestyle, giving him greater freedom.

John said: “For me it’s a win, win situation. I only have to go in for three or four minutes for them to change the pack and then I can go home and I’m not taking up a hospital bed.

“That means I can be at home which is where I want to be and I can organise things for the business as well.”

John was so grateful for the support of the team he donated £450 to buy a fridge to keep the antibiotics in.

Vicki Elcock, Urgent care manager at Butler Green, said: “We know our patients would prefer to be treated in the community and be able to go home afterwards whenever possible.

“This new antibiotic pump could revolutionise the way we deliver care and help keep people in their own homes.”

Butler Green, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, provides out of hospital care for people needing physical rehabilitation or therapy, or who have other medical needs that can be met in a community setting.

For more information visit www.penninecare.nhs.uk/butlergreen/