Video: First cancer unit patients due to be treated in weeks

The manager of radiotherapy services at the Western Trust, Jean Simpson, says it’s an exciting time for staff after the health authority took partial possession of the new cancer unit ahead of treating its first patients over the coming weeks.

Ms Simpson said the Trust is nearing the end of a long but fruitful journey, with the interior of the radiotherapy building now substantially complete and staff training and commissioning progressing well on site.

“Therapy radiographers are now finalising the patient pathway and patient protocols in preparation for opening,” she said.

“The team are working closely with medical physics colleagues in the commissioning of the cancer treatment machines and CT Simulator.

“This process is due to be completed within the next few weeks and will allow radiographers to continue testing various stages in the patient pathway across the range of new equipment within the facility,” she added.

‘End-to-end’ testing of processes and pathways is already underway in advance of accepting the first patients in the coming weeks.

Ms Simpson said: “This is an exciting and challenging time for our profession bringing three years of work to realisation.”

Alan Moore, Director of Strategic Capital Development said: “Many individuals and groups within the Trust and beyond have worked tirelessly to ensure this crucial development is completed in order to meet the future needs of patients being treated for cancer in the West of Northern Ireland and County Donegal.

“I would wish to express my gratitude to everyone involved in this significant development.”