Building work has started on the site for Great Western Hospital’s radiotherapy centre.
When it’s complete the centre at GWH’s main Swindon site will be run by Oxford University Hospital’s radiotherapy service.
At present cancer patients in Swindon, the Marlborough area and beyond who need radiotherapy treatment have to travel to Oxford. It is expected that this new centre will save 13,000 journeys to Oxford every year.
The centre has been made possible with fund-raising by GWH’s Brighter Futures Charity. GWH tweeted: “A huge thank you to the people of Swindon and Wiltshire who helped Brighter Futures to raise an incredible £2.9million for the Radiotherapy Appeal – we couldn’t have done it without you!”
Kevin McNamara, GWH’s Chief Executive, signed the final legal documents and welcomed the news as a ‘personal highlight of the week’: “After many years of effort, campaigning, negotiations, fundraising (and a pandemic) it’s great to get here.”
It is expected that the building work and fitting out will be completed by the end of next year.