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Another milestone for Hereford Radiotherapy Unit

4.4.14

From late summer this year, patients diagnosed with cancer who require radiotherapy treatment will be treated at the new Radiotherapy Unit at The County Hospital, Hereford. The Unit has been built by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) who will also staff and manage the facility. 


This satellite radiotherapy service in Hereford will bring cancer services closer to the homes of many patients who live in the area and will mean that many people receiving radiotherapy won’t have to make the long journey to Cheltenham at a time when they are feeling unwell.


The practical completion of the building is due at the end of the month when it will be formally handed over to GHNHSFT. From now until late summer this year, commissioning work on the building (including the £2m Linear Accelerator) will continue in preparation for operational readiness.


Chief Executive Dr Frank Harsent said:

"It is with great pleasure that we announce what we believe is the next significant milestone in the development of this unit. The completion of building work on this £7.7m investment demonstrates our continuing commitment to providing the best local treatment for patients both now and in the future. Our Trust and the staff who will run the unit look forward to delivering the first treatments to patients later this year.”


The project has demonstrated the benefits of true partnership working for the benefit of patients and their families, between GHNHSFT, Wye Valley Trust, the 3 Counties Cancer Network and local people.


Carol Scott, Radiotherapy Services Manager at GHNHSFT said:

“All the staff involved look forward to the opening of the radiotherapy unit later this year. I am very pleased that patients in Herefordshire will benefit from the services offered by this unit both in terms of quality and local accessibility.”


The new unit will provide thousands of treatment sessions a year for the majority of local patients. A small percentage of patients will still have to travel to Cheltenham for more specialised treatments and to gain the added benefit of the expertise from a centralised clinical team. All patients will travel to Cheltenham for their initial treatment planning session.


The building handover marks the next step in the creation of the bespoke radiotherapy unit which is now very much in sight.