Radiotherapy treatment at Hereford Counnty Hospital starts in the summer

Ledbury Reporter: The new £7.7m radiotherapy unit is expected to open later this summer. The new £7.7m radiotherapy unit is expected to open later this summer.

THE new £7.7m radiotherapy unit at Hereford County Hospital will be open later this summer.

Practical completion of the building is due at the end of the month when it will be formally handed over to Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT).

From the  handover, commissioning work on the building - including the £2m Linear Accelerator - will continue in preparation for the unit’s operational readiness.

The Unit has been built by GHNHSFT which will also staff and manage the facility.

As a satellite service the unit will bring cancer services closer to Herefordshire patients who will no longer have to travel regularly to Cheltenham for treatment.

GHNHSFT Chief Executive Dr Frank Harsent said the announcement of a late summer opening was a significant milestone for a project that demonstrated the benefits of “true partnership working”  between GHNHSFT, Wye Valley NHS Trust, the 3 Counties Cancer Network and local campaigners.

The new unit will provide thousands of treatment sessions a year for the majority of county patients.

A small percentage of patients will still have to travel to Cheltenham for more specialised treatments and the expertise of a centralised clinical team.

All patients, however, will still travel to Cheltenham for initial treatment planning sessions.

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4:57pm Fri 4 Apr 14

redyoll says...

Wonderful news a real positive for Hereford. Money really spent and will benefit so many.
Wonderful news a real positive for Hereford. Money really spent and will benefit so many. redyoll
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5:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

oldergit says...

Great news. Having had to mmake endless journeys to Cheltenham with my wife and then myself this will make life a lot easier for many. Carry on the good work.
Great news. Having had to mmake endless journeys to Cheltenham with my wife and then myself this will make life a lot easier for many. Carry on the good work. oldergit
  • Score: 8

6:23pm Sun 6 Apr 14

probono says...

Fantastic news, congratulations to the Misery Miles campaigners, Allan Lloyd from Kington and others. Their faith in believing it was possible was unshakable and this will make such a difference for people from Herefordshire and Mid Wales.
Fantastic news, congratulations to the Misery Miles campaigners, Allan Lloyd from Kington and others. Their faith in believing it was possible was unshakable and this will make such a difference for people from Herefordshire and Mid Wales. probono
  • Score: 6

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