Charity Launches Radiotherapy Fund Raising Appeal

A fund raising appeal has been launched to raise money for cancer treatment at the Great Western Hospital (GWT) in Swindon.

The £2.9 million appeal plans to invest in two linear accelerators bringing radiotherapy treatment to the NHS hospital.

The machines will be located inside a new unit being funded by the Oxford University Hospital (OUH) Trust.

Last year approximately 700 patients made a 70 mile round-trip to OUH's Churchill Hospital for radiotherapy.

The fundraiser has been organised by Brighter Futures, the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's charity.

It is hoped treatment will be available by the end of 2017.

Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director of the NHS Hospital said: "Bringing radiotherapy treatment to Swindon will make such a difference to local patients and their families, friends and carers and will be an excellent addition to the facilities already available at GWH.

"We are working closely with our colleagues at Oxford to make this vision a reality and I am sure that local people will get behind the fundraising appeal."


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