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Official opening of North West Cancer Centre 10.05.17

CO-OPERATING for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) were among the guests yesterday celebrating the official opening of the £50m North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry.
The group campaigned for 12 years for the much-needed facility which has ended the need for long and stressful journeys to Dublin, Galway and Belfast, for the majority of Donegal radiotherapy patients.
Members of Co-Operating for Cancer Care NorthWest who are celebrating the official opening of the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry.
The centre began taking in cancer patients six months ago.
"It has taken many years for this project to reach its end goal and it's fantastic that treatments have commenced. This is a time to celebrate," said a spokesperson.
“CCC(NW) recognise the uniqueness of this cross border project and we encourage governments and departments of health, North and South, to use it as a strong and positive template to develop further partnerships (and) collaborations in cross border healthcare provision into the future and that cross border services are developed and delivered in Letterkenny University Hospital as well as Altnagelvin Hospital.”
CCC(NW) said it is proud of its "unique role" ensuring that the radiotherapy unit had become a reality. The centre was officially opened yesterday by Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who unveiled a plaque and met patients being treated at the new centre.
Members of Co-Operating for Cancer Care NorthWest who campaigned for 12 years to ensure the North West Cancer Centre became a reality.
CCC(NW) added: "We would like to applaud all our fellow campaigners and politicians from either side of the border who have also supported the development of this service."
The group also thanked the Radiotherapy Project Team for their "hard work, commitment and determination" to ensuring the success of the North West Cancer Centre.
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