Plans are being finalised for a new bus service, which will transport cancer patients from Co Mayo to and from University Hospital Galway for radiotherapy treatment on a weekly basis.
Each year, about 250 patients from Mayo travel to UHG for radiotherapy, and many of these people opt to stay over the Inis Aoibhinn residential facility on the grounds of the hospital from Monday to Friday, only returning home at weekend during their 6-8 week treatment.
Currently, bus services operate from Donegal, Sligo and Co Galway to the hospital, but no such service exists for the people of Mayo.
To address this need, Cancer Care West has recently bought a new 29-seater bus, which will transport patients staying over in Inis Aoibhinn.
It's hoped the bus service will start in mid-February, commencing in Belmullet and travelling through 10 or 12 towns and villages en route to Galway University Hospital.
A fundraising drive is now underway to meet the costs of the new bus service.
Cancer Care West in Galway can be contacted on 091 - 545 000 or by visiting www.cancercarewest.ie