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Radiotherapy unit to be delivered next year 27.02.15

BUILDING of a new £50m euro cross-border radiotherapy unit for cancer patients is expected to be completed next year following the signing of a project charter by key stakeholders in Derry.
The Western Health and Social Care Trust said the project charter marked "another major milestone" for the development which will be built at Altnagelvin Hospital.
It will serve more than 500,000 people across the North and will also facilitate patients from the Republic including Co Donegal.
The new service will work closely with a number of centres including the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital and Letterkenny General Hospital.
It will be funded by the North’s Department of Health Social Services and the Department of Health and Children in the Republic.
Pictured at the signing of the Project Charter for the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry are seated from left to right: Alan Moore, Western Trust Director of Strategic Capital Development; Western Trust Chief Executive Elaine Way, CBE; Western Trust Chairman Gerard Guckian and Alan McKee, McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd.
Standing from left to right are: Una Cardin, Western Trust; Gerry McBrearty, Western Trust; Derek Loughery, CPD Health Projects; Paul Taylor, Taylor and Boyd; Harry Thompson, CPD Health Projects; Kevin Jackson, O’Connell Mahon Architects; Ed McNaught, RPS; Margaret McIvor, Western Trust; Jimmy Hickey, O’Connell Mahon Architects; Irwin Potts, Western Trust and James Henderson, Bruce Shaw.
Western Health and Social Care Trust chairman, Gerard Guckian yesterday said there was a commitment between stakeholders to "ensure the delivery of the highest quality radiotherapy facility to our patients".
"I am delighted with the partnership approach adopted by key stakeholders in this significant capital project to achieve a high quality state-of-the art radiotherapy unit," said Mr Guckian.
He said the new unit would offer increased capacity for patients living across the North including counties Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh.
"This unique cross-border project will also treat patients from the Republic of Ireland including north to mid-Donegal and will make a real difference to people being treated for cancer and their families. The radiotherapy unit is expected to be completed by 2016,” added Mr Guckian. The new service will aim to provide “a patient-centred, holistic service for cancer patients”. Cancer treatment will include “combination radio/chemotherapy for curative and palliative purposes, for all but the most complex of tumours”.
The unit is being designed by O’Connell Mahon Architects and will be built by contractors McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd.
Mr Guckian said the project would also bring training and employment opportunities including for sub-contractors and suppliers.
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