Work to deliver a new state of the art £35m cancer centre in North Cumbria is moving at pace.
The new cancer centre is being built on the Cumberland Infirmary site in Carlisle, and will be used by patients from all over north, west and east Cumbria. Once complete it will be run by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as part of the Northern Centre for Cancer Care currently at the Freeman Hospital.
The centre will have two floors and have a modern, relaxed feel. Vital new equipment will also be installed, including a new linear accelerator (LINAC) radiotherapy machine. Video conferencing technology is also being built into the plan, meaning that some patients could have consultations via a video link.
Phil Powell the Directorate Manager, Cancer Services and Clinical Haematology at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals said: “There have been 15,000 meters of IT cables installed and a direct connection between the cancer centre and Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals via an underground cable is set to be in place in the coming weeks.
“The next milestone will be in the spring when the new Linear Accelerator will be installed.”
The multi million pound centre is due to open later this year.