New Hereford Radiotherapy Unit opens
The Radiotherapy Unit at Hereford County Hospital opens on Monday 18th August. This new service will bring more cancer services closer to the homes of many patients in Herefordshire and beyond.
The new facility will treat patients from Herefordshire, Powys and surrounding areas who are referred to the Oncologists who work at Hereford County Hospital. The unit has been built and will be run by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) who will also staff and manage the facility.
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. Almost all patients will travel to Cheltenham once for their initial treatment planning session, but the opening will mean that many patients won’t have to make the long journey to Cheltenham again at a time when they are feeling unwell.
Chief Executive Dr Frank Harsent said:
“I am absolutely delighted to see the radiotherapy unit open and due to treat its first patients today. There was great demand for the service to be provided locally and our Trust is proud to have been able to deliver this for local people.
“Our continuing commitment to providing the best local treatment for patients is demonstrated by the completion of this £7.7m project. The unit is truly impressive and we are confident we have a great team running the service.”
Richard Beeken, Chief Executive at Wye Valley NHS Trust, added:
“This is a momentous occasion for everyone who has contributed to bringing Radiotherapy to Herefordshire. The new unit reflects what can be achieved through joint working with partner organisations. I wish to thank Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and our PFI partners for making this possible.
“The new unit complements the oncology service provided at the Macmillan Renton Unit, and provides patients with access to first class integrated Radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment, equipment and facilities, that we are proud to be part of.”
- The unit was announced in November 2011 and construction began in March 2013.
- There is more information about the unit here, and from Friday 15th August a video virtual tour will be available on the page.
- Further photographs can be viewed here and high res versions can be sent on request.
- A timeline in pictures is also available.