New radiotherapy centre for Worcestershire approved

3rd June 2011

Plans for a new radiotherapy centre in Worcestershire have been approved, allowing patients to be treated in their own county rather than having to travel long distances for therapy.

At the moment patients who want NHS treatment have to travel to Birmingham or Gloucestershire for radiotherapy.

The £20 million centre, which was approved by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, will be built on the site of Worcester Royal Hospital in the city. The decision has been made despite the submission of a petition signed by thousands of local people, urging the trust to consider building the centre at Redditch instead.

Chairman Harry Turner said: "We've calculated out Worcestershire patients are travelling in excess of a million miles per year to get that service and we felt we should bring it into the county and have it made locally available."

The impact of travelling long distances for cancer treatment has been well documented. Clic Sargent, a charity which supports children suffering from cancer, says that travelling for treatment can make an already stressful and painful situation much harder to cope with for the patient and for family members.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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