An invitation to see the proposed plans for our new clinical facility 

27/09/2013 00:00 
Plans for a new £300 million clinical facility in London – housing the world’s most advanced form of radiotherapy – are now open for public consultation.
 

Over the coming weeks UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) will be listening to what local politicians, residents, patients and staff have to say about the proposals for the site on Grafton Way and Huntley Street in the heart of the capital.

The facility would be part of the University College Hospital campus with the centre piece – a proton beam therapy system up to four floors below ground.

Proton Beam Therapy is a particularly important form of cancer treatment as it targets tumours precisely with less damage to surrounding tissues. This can improve the quality of life for patients following cancer treatment by reducing long-term side effects. A state-of-the-art patient facility with patient beds and operating theatres is planned for above ground.

Currently, the NHS sends children and adults needing Proton Beam Therapy to the United States and Switzerland. The Department of Health has chosen UCLH and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester as the two hospitals that will provide the service in the UK.

Two-year-old Lennie Anderton flew to America for life-saving proton beam therapy for cancer of the skull in July 2012 along with his parents Ed and Katherine and sister Zoe.
Ed said: “It would be wonderful to see families who are in a similar situation to us being able to get treatment here and not having to leave the country for three months like we did.”

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “Alongside the recently opened University College Hospital Macmillan Centre and our patient hotel The Cotton Rooms, these incredibly exciting plans which will put London firmly on the map when it comes to delivering world class cancer services.”

UCLH is currently developing the plans and, subject to planning approval, hopes to start building work in summer 2014.

The whole facility is planned to be more than 25,000 sq m with four floors below ground and five floors above ground. Details of other services provided from the site are still being developed.

A public exhibition of the proposals, will be taking place on Monday 7th October, 2.30pm – 7.30pm, and Tuesday 8th October, 2.30pm – 7.30pm in University College Hospital’s Atrium. The development team will be available to answer questions about the proposals and the services that would be provided on site.

 

Click here for more details about the new clinical facility proposals.

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