Turf Cutting ceremony for Hereford Satellite Radiotherapy Unit
A turf-cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work on the new radiotherapy unit at the County Hospital, Hereford, took place today.
Following the resolution of outstanding issues at the site, work is now starting in earnest on the £7.7m state-of-the-art radiotherapy unit. Construction will begin this month and is scheduled to be completed before the end of next year. The unit will welcome its first patients in late 2014.
Dr Frank Harsent, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (who are building, staffing and managing the new unit), said:
"We are all excited to mark this occasion with the symbolic breaking of the turf. I would like to thank all the staff involved as well as members of the public who have worked tirelessly over the last few years to get us to this point. We very much look forward to the opening of the radiotherapy unit in just over a year’s time.”
Tim Tomlinson, Director of Service Delivery at Wye Valley NHS Trust added:
“This new unit promises to deliver a facility that is much needed for the people of Herefordshire and Powys and will mean that the majority of patients will only need to travel to Cheltenham for their initial planning session.”
The event was also attended by local residents Allan and Angela Lloyd, who have been pivotal in raising funds and awareness for the centre. Representatives from Mansell Construction and management company Gleeds were also in attendance.