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Department of Health and Social Care confirms funding for Satellite Radiotherapy in Swindon

01/07/2019
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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) is delighted that the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that it will be offering a loan to OUH to allow the Satellite Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon to go ahead.

OUH will build and run the service as an extension to the world-class cancer service that it currently runs at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. The service will be based at Great Western Hospital in Swindon, allowing patients who need the specialist care to be able to access it without having to travel so far.

Jason Dorsett, Chief Finance Officer at Oxford University Hospitals, said: "I am so pleased that at last we have been able to sort out the finances to make this much-wanted project a reality. I am very grateful to the people of Swindon and beyond for their patience and their generosity. Their contributions via the Brighter Futures charity have been so important, not just in terms of the finances but also in showing the widespread support for this project.

"We are all very excited at the prospect of making the dream of a Satellite Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon a reality and are now focused on getting everything in place to start work on site, which we hope to be able to do by spring next year."

Dr Claire Hobbs, Head of Radiotherapy at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are very grateful to the Department of Health and Social Care for agreeing the funding model that will allow us to go ahead with our dream of bringing radiotherapy services closer to people's homes."

Pictured: Dr Claire Hobbs, Head of Radiotherapy at Oxford University Hospitals, speaks outside the Great Western Hospital earlier in 2019 at a fundraising event.

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