Cancer screening could move to Cheltenham from Bristol
A cancer screening service, based in Bristol, could move to Cheltenham.
A three-year contract for providing the service in Bristol has come to an end and Cheltenham General Hospital can offer screening at a lower cost.
Opponents of the move say some patients will face a 100 mile (160km) round trip for treatment.
The mobile positron emission tomography (Pet) scanner visits the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) three times a week.'Mobile unit'
Dr Julian Kabala, consultant radiologist in Bristol said he felt it was important to have the service close to a major population centre.
"Easy access for patients from Bath and Weston-super-Mare rather than something that is less expensive but remote from the services," he said.
The positron emission tomorgraphy (Pet) scanner is housed in a mobile unit at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI).
It can be used to detect cancers including those of the lung, colon, head and neck, and gives consultants a detailed three dimensional scan of the affected areas of the body.
Tumours not easily detected using other scanning techniques may now be found.
Professor Iain Lyburn, a consultant radiologist from Cheltenham, said the local hospital can offer a much better service.
"The Cheltenham site has the equipment in a building and therefore can offer scans five or six days a week so patients will potentially be scanned much quicker."