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Cancer centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital opens doors to patients today

PUBLISHED: 11:21 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 09 May 2017

Old Bexley and Sidcup Conservative candidate James Brokenshire at the new cancer centre

Old Bexley and Sidcup Conservative candidate James Brokenshire at the new cancer centre

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The centre is part of a £30 million redevelopment of the hospital by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

The new cancer centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital (QMH), Sidcup, will “help transform NHS care in Bexley and beyond” officials have said.

Guy’s Cancer at QMH, which opened its doors to patients for the first time today, May 8, is part of a £30 million redevelopment of Queen Mary’s Hospital by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which also includes a new kidney treatment centre that opened on April 24.

Both treatment hubs will be run by services from Guy’s and St Thomas’.

The facility will mean patients in the area and Kent will be able to recieve care locally instead of having to travel to central London.

Professor George Mikhaeel, consultant clinical oncologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ who has led the project, said “Many local people will benefit from having chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment closer to home and under one roof in a purpose-built facility.

“This centre brings the same high quality treatment available in the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital close to patients living in Bexley and the surrounding areas who currently travel into central London for treatment.”

Radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment will be provided. At present some chemotherapy treatment is provided at Sidcup but patients needing radiotherapy treatment have to travel to Guy’s or St Thomas’ hospitals in London.

Treatment will be provided in bright, comfortable and newly-refurbished surroundings, and a support centre, run by Dimbleby Macmillan Support, offering information and advice to both patients and their families is also now available.

Jonathan Dimbleby, chair of Dimbleby Cancer Care, said: “The new centre marks an important step forward in our efforts to meet a growing need to provide support and care to not only patients but also their families and carers. The advice and support services on offer can really help make life a little better for those living with cancer.”

Mr Brokenshire, who has campaigned in support of opening the centre and to secure the long rerm future of Queen Mary’s, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that this incredible new facility will help relaunch our local hospital and provide secure foundations for the years to come.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the doctors, nurses, staff and all those who have campaigned for our local hospital, Queen Mary’s can look to the future with confidence.”

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