Derry & Donegal invite for Radiotherapy plans

An artist's impression of how the new Radiotherapy Unit will look.
An artist's impression of how the new Radiotherapy Unit will look.

The Western Trust has issued an invite to people across Derry and Donegal to attend public information sessions on the new £50m Radiotherapy Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital.

The purpose of these events- to be held on Monday and Tuesday of next week- is to provide an update on the progress and development of this important new service.

The events are open to the public, staff, public representatives, community and charity groups.

The first will take place this Monday, November 16, at the Large Conference Room in Letterkenny General Hospital at 6pm,

The next session will be held on Tuesday 17 November, at Lecture Theatre One at the MDEC Building, Altnagelvin Hospital at 5.30pm.

Recruitment is now well under way for the unit, which is expected to provide modern, patient-centred cancer services for patients from north to mid Donegal (the catchment area of Letterkenny General Hospital), Derry, Strabane, Omagh and Fermanagh, as well as the Causeway Coast and Glens Council areas.

In population terms, the new unit will serve a population of 417,000 people north of the border and a further 111,000 people from Donegal.

Around 10% of this population however will continue to access more specialist treatment.

In the north, this will be accessed at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital or, and in the south this will be administered at the National Treatment Centres.

Earlier this year a video was released by the Wester Trust offering a hi-tech virtual ‘fly through’ tour of the new facility.

At the time spokesperson for the Western Trust said:“At present the Radiotherapy Unit is progressing in terms of the construction and the recruitment of key staff.

“It is envisaged that the unit will be finished in summer 2016, and will open in autumn 2016.”