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West of Scotland radiotherapy centre moves one step closer

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 14:47 GMT on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013.

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PLANS to build a brand new, state-of-the-art radiotherapy facility for the West of Scotland took a step forward last week as four NHS boards in the West of Scotland submitted their outline plans to the Scottish Government. 

The Outline Business Case (OBC), which is supported by the four West of Scotland NHS Boards of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Forth Valley and NHS Ayrshire and Arran, highlights the clinical requirement for this new facility which will help meet rising demand for cancer treatment over the next ten years. 

The OBC was formally submitted on July 5th, 2013 and outlines how the new facility could be delivered on the Monklands Hospital site in Airdrie, which is the preferred location. The OBC also describes the potential future workforce and operational arrangements. 

The case will now be considered by the Scottish Government with a decision expected in August 2013. And, if approved, a more detailed Full Business Case would be developed and submitted for final approval in early 2014, with construction then proposed to start in Spring 2014, with the new facility possibly operational by the end of 2015. 

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Heather Knox, Chair of the West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Project Board, said: “The submission of the Outline Business Case is a significant step forward and highlights the considerable work which has been carried out over the last few months by NHS staff across the West of Scotland to progress plans for this important new facility.”

The proposed new West of Scotland radiotherapy facility would operate as satellite for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow. It would be equipped with the most advanced technology to deliver the same world-class treatment and techniques currently provided at the Glasgow cancer centre and is expected to treat around 120 patients a day from across the West of Scotland who require radiotherapy for lung, breast, prostate and rectal cancers. 

Copies of the Outline Business Case, Initial Agreement, Design Brief can be found on the NHS Lanarkshire website, http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Involved/consultation/radiotherapy/Pages/default.aspx. 

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