The dedicated centre will be based at Prince Charles Hospital, in accommodation provided by Cwm Taf NHS Trust and funded through Macmillan Cancer Support, who raised most of the funding from generous donations from the local community.
The £1.6million purpose-built unit is expected to open in spring 2010.
The unit will include:
Chemotherapy Day Case facilities;
Cancer Outpatient Clinics; and,
The new unit will increase local capacity relieving patients from the Prince Charles catchment area of having to travel to the South Wales Cancer Centre at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff to receive this potentially life-saving treatment. In addition, the unit will provide a greatly improved environment for the delivery of these services, benefiting patients and those accompanying them at what is always a difficult time.
Edwina Hart said:
Cancer continues to be one of Wales’ biggest killer diseases with one in three people diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives.
Swift diagnosis and treatment greatly reduces the anxiety experienced by patients and their carers.
This new Macmillan Cancer Support Chemotherapy Unit will improve access to treatment locally for cancer patients and will help enhance their quality of life. The new unit will also increase the number of patients that can be seen and treated helping to meet our waiting times targets. I am grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support and the local community for their generous contribution to this service improvement and I am pleased that the Assembly Government and Cwm Taf NHS Trust are able to support this development to improve care for patients and the working environment for staff.
Cath Lindley, General Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales, added:
We are extremely grateful to the Welsh Assembly Government for supporting the new Macmillan Chemotherapy Unit at Prince Charles Hospital. Their support is vital and will allow us to take this project forward in partnership with Cwm Taf NHS Trust for the benefit of local cancer patients and their families.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local Macmillan committees and the community as whole for their patience, understanding and unwavering support throughout this project. Without their hard work and generous donations, none of this would have been possible.
David Francis, chair of Cwm Taf NHS Trust, said:
I am pleased that this new unit will enhance the services locally at Prince Charles Hospital and improve the care for patients and their families at what is an upsetting and distressing time. We have worked closely with Macmillan Cancer Support on this development and are grateful for their and the Assembly Government’s financial support.
Andrea Hague, Director of Cancer Services at Velindre NHS Trust, said:
Velindre Cancer Centre is excited to be working in partnership with colleagues at Prince Charles Hospital and at MacMillan on this development. Our strategy is to deliver Chemotherapy close to the patient’s home in a safe manner and this development will help Velindre to achieve this.
7 November 2008