Peterborough NHS Trust gets the go ahead for radiotherapy expansion

Peterborough City Hospital in Bretton. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph
Peterborough City Hospital in Bretton. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph

The radiotherapy service at Peterborough City Hospital has been granted funding from the Department of Health to further develop the radiotherapy department by building two new bunkers on the City Hospital site.

The department already houses two linear accelerators, which provide radiotherapy treatment to patients suffering from cancer. The exciting expansion would see two more bunkers being built and a third machine being purchased.

“We are delighted that we can now set the wheels in motion for this work,” said Andrew Poynter, Head of Radiotherapy Physics.

“The use of an additional linac machine will allow us to increase the number of patients that we treat and enable us to receive patients from a wider demographic. There was always the potential for this development in the original site plans so we are thrilled to be able to realise this vision so soon.”

The radiotherapy department opened in May 2011, following the opening of the then new, City Hospital. The department treats the majority of cancers and has seen approximately 2,200 patients so far. The expansion will effectively double the capacity of the current service. A project group is now being set up to manage the process from start to finish and it is hoped that work will begin in early Spring 2014.