Swindon radiotherapy centre gets go ahead

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust’s board has approved the full business case for investing £16.5m in the development of a satellite radiotherapy centre in Swindon. Approval of the business case is the culmination of three years’ work by Rubicon, its partner consultancies (Health Strategies and WT Partnership) and the trust. Swindon and Wiltshire are among the few areas in England where cancer patients have to travel more than 45 minutes for radiotherapy – they are currently treated at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, which usually involves daily visits for between four and seven weeks. Director of clinical services at OUH, Paul Brennan, described the decision as “another major step in our project to deliver our services to cancer patients in Swindon and Wiltshire, much nearer to their homes”. Dr Guy Rooney, medical director for GWH, said the Swindon unit was now “within touching distance”. building work will start later this year with the unit due to open its doors for patients in August 2017. The full business case can be downloaded here: http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/trust-board/2015/july/documents/TB2015.76-gwh-radiotherapy.pdf