Great Western Hospital gets funding for long-awaited radiotherapy unit

By Swindon Link - 1 July 2019

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Swindon's Great Western Hospital will be getting a much-needed radiotherapy unit, thanks to a financial boost from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are delighted that the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that they will be offering a loan to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) to allow the Satellite Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon to go ahead.

OUH will build and run the service as an extension to the world-class cancer service that it currently runs at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. The service will be based at Great Western Hospital in Swindon, allowing patients who need the specialist care to be able to access it without having to travel so far.

Jason Dorsett, Chief Finance Officer at Oxford University Hospitals said: “I am so pleased that at last we have been able to sort out the finances to make this much-wanted project a reality. I am very grateful to the people of Swindon and beyond for their patience and their generosity. Their contributions via the Better Futures Charity have been so important, not just in terms of the finances but also in showing the widespread support for this project.

“We are all very excited at the prospect of making the dream of a Satellite Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon a reality and are now focused on getting everything in place to start work on site, which we hope to be able to do by spring next year.”

Dr Claire Hobbs, Head of Radiotherapy at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are very grateful to the Department of Health and Social Care for agreeing the funding model that will allow us to go ahead with our dream of bringing radiotherapy services closer to people’s homes.”

Work to build the radiotherapy unit is expected to start next Spring, with £2.9 million raised via the Brighter Futures' campaign for equipment.

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