WATCH: Virtual tour of Altnagelvin’s new Radiotherapy Unit

Former Health Minister Jim Wells, along with the Irish Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, viewing the progress with the new cardiology service and the site of the hospital's new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin last month.
Former Health Minister Jim Wells, along with the Irish Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, viewing the progress with the new cardiology service and the site of the hospital's new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin last month.
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A graphic ‘fly through’ video detailing how the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital will look has been released.

The Western Trust’s new animated video provides an architect’s insight to what the facility will look like when construction is complete.

The fly through highlights zoned areas including the location of the unit within the Altnagelvin Area Hospital site, the main entrance foyer and reception area and outpatient and clinical areas. The short clip also highlights other design features in the hospital including the ward’s single bed rooms, nurse base stations and the planned landscaped features.

A spokesperson for the Western Trust said: “This hugely significant investment, costing in the region of over £50m, will provide modern patient-centred cancer services to patients from Derry / Strabane, Omagh / Fermanagh and Causeway Coast and Glens Council areas.

“In population terms, this will be approximately 417,000 people by the year 2016.

“However, approximately 10% of this population will continue to access more specialist treatment at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital.

“In the Republic of Ireland, patients from north to mid Donegal, i.e. the catchment population of Letterkenny General Hospital, will also receive radiotherapy treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital.

“This is a population of approximately 110,000 people, with about 10% of this population continuing to receive more specialist treatment at National Treatment Centres in the Republic of Ireland.”

She added: “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.”