UCLH a step closer to UK's most advanced cancer treatment 

26/01/2015 00:00 
UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) is taking its first steps towards bringing high energy proton beam therapy (PBT), one of the world’s most advanced forms of radiotherapy, to the UK – by demolishing the building on the site where the new service will be located.
 

The Rosenheim Wing on Grafton Way, together with the adjacent vacant site, known as the Odeon site, will make way for a new patient facility which, subject to final approval, will include a PBT centre.
 
David Probert, UCLH’s strategic development director, is overseeing the development programme with Kieran McDaid, UCLH’s director of estates  leading on the construction project.  David said, “The Rosenheim Wing is being taken down ‘brick by brick’ to minimise the disruption to the people and buildings in the area.  In the coming months we will appoint a contractor to start enabling work on the PBT centre below ground. 

"This is a hugely exciting development – we are one of only two sites in the UK which will be offering high energy PBT, a highly specialist type of radiotherapy for patients with particular rare types of cancer."

Currently, the NHS sends patients who are clinically appropriate for PBT to the US and Switzerland for their treatment.  The UCLH PBT Centre will open in 2018.
 
It’s the end of an era for the Rosenheim Wing which was home to several clinical services until earlier this year when it closed to make way for the new facility. 

The building was named after Max Rosenheim.  Max was originally appointed as a research assistant in the obstetric unit at University College Hospital in 1934 and rose through the ranks to become deputy director of the metabolic unit. He was knighted in 1967 and the building was renamed the Rosenheim Wing after his death in the early 1970s.  The Rosenheim Wing is also remembered as the place where George Orwell died in 1950.

The adjacent site has been vacant since the Odeon cinema was demolished in 1960.

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