Builders set to start on Liverpool’s first radiotherapy centre
The builders have moved onto site to start work on Liverpool’s brand new state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility after the project was given the final green light by Monitor, the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trust hospitals.
The £17m development - a collaboration between Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust – will mean that many residents in Liverpool will no longer need to travel to Wirral for radiotherapy treatment.
It is a national recommendation that patients should not travel more than 45 minutes for radiotherapy. This is not the case at the moment as two thirds of cancer patients in Merseyside and Cheshire live north of the River Mersey and there is no other radiotherapy provision outside the Clatterbridge site on the Wirral.
The new purpose built facility will be situated next to The Walton Centre. The centre will be staffed and operated by Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology’s own specialist radiographers and doctors and will house three state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment machines as well as expert cancer rehabilitation and support services.
The collaboration between the two NHS Trusts will also ensure The Walton Centre remains at the forefront of neurosurgery in the UK by offering Merseyside patients access to Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). This non-surgical procedure can be used to treat a range of conditions including brain and skull-based tumours. The treatment works by using x-rays to accurately target a specific area of the brain, ensuring surrounding tissue is protected.
Andrew Cannell, Chief Executive for Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology said: “We are delighted to be able to finally move forward with the building work on this development. The project team behind this investment has worked tirelessly to ensure the finished facility will be the best it possibly can be for the simple reason - it will hugely benefit Merseyside cancer patients.”
Mel Pickup, Chief Executive of The Walton centre added: “This development will transform the range of services we can offer to patients. SRS can only take place where there are neurosurgeons and radio-oncologists working closely together. In the future, our patients will be able to benefit from the world-class expertise offered by both Walton Centre and Clatterbridge specialists on one site.”
Funding for the project is being actively supported by local charity ‘The Marina Dalglish Appeal’ who has pledged to raise £5M towards the development of the centre.
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