Private hospital provider Spire Healthcare has joined forces with CancerPartners UK to provide the first private radiotherapy services outside London, it has been announced.
The service will be offered at three Spire Healthcare hospital sites in Leeds, Birmingham and Portsmouth from July 2009 and will bring cancer treatment closer to patients, according to Professor Karol Sikora, medical director of CancerPartners UK and a leading cancer specialist.
"This deal marks an important milestone for us, as we look to roll out cancer services across the country and make cutting-edge treatments and services available to increasing numbers of patients," the professor said.
"This partnership will enable more patients to access the best in modern treatment, including much needed radiotherapy services - an area acknowledged in the government's Cancer Reform Strategy as being under-developed in the UK."
The private cancer centres will use the latest radiotherapy technologies, including image guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
Richard Jones, commercial director of Spire Healthcare, said: "They will let people access diagnostics, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy all on one site in a comfortable, clean environment, giving patients rapid access to leading oncologists in the area."