Demolition makes way for Radiotherapy Unit



The next milestone in the development of the Radiotherapy Unit at The County Hospital was marked today by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust.        

Dore Ward, one of the former hutted wards at The County Hospital in Hereford, is to be demolished to make way for the development of the £7.7 million high tech unit. Hoardings are being erected around the former ward in preparation for the start of demolition. Once demolition is completed, the site will be handed over to the construction team for building work to begin. 

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will build, staff and manage the new unit. 

Chief Executive Frank Harsent said: “Every milestone in this project brings us closer to providing this service for the benefit of patients in Herefordshire. We very much look forward to the opening of the Radiotherapy unit in just over a year’s time.”

The new unit is set to bring an end to long journeys for patients who currently have to travel to Cheltenham for radiotherapy.  Due to open in mid 2013, it will provide thousands of radiotherapy sessions each year and will be linked to the Macmillan Renton Chemotherapy Unit which opened last year.

Mark Curtis, Chairman of Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “The demolition of Dore Ward marks a significant milestone for Wye Valley NHS Trust.  The new unit promises to deliver a facility that is much needed for the people of Herefordshire and will mean that the majority of patients will only need to travel to Cheltenham for their initial planning session.”