Partnership plan for new Derry radiotherapy unit

Plans to enhance information and support for people affected by cancer at Altnagelvin Hospital’s new cross-border radiotherapy unit are in the pipeline.

Leading cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support is discussing plans with the Western Health Trust to set up an open area with information stands in the main entrance to the unit which is currently under construction.

There will also be a quiet room for anyone wanting confidential one-to-one advice about cancer from trained staff and volunteers.

Heather Monteverde, General Manager of Macmillan in Northern Ireland, says: “This is a very exciting partnership and project because we’ll be working with organisations on both sides of the border to ensure that people coming from north and south get all the information they need at the new and long-awaited radiotherapy unit.

“This will enable patients, families and carers to make informed choices and get access to essential services and support throughout their cancer journey.”

Macmillan NI and the Western Trust are also investigating the potential to provide a larger development: a purpose-built information and support centre on the Altnagelvin site for people affected by cancer and other long term conditions. The information centre will be designed with input from patients.

Elaine Way, Chief Executive, Western Trust, says: “This partnership focuses on enhancing cancer information and support and will complement current services.”