Building work has started on a newstate-of-the-art cancer centre at a Nottingham private hospital.
The Park Cancer Centre, which is being built in the grounds of BMI The Park, is the first of its kind in the region, and will provide patients with fast access to dedicated cancer care and innovative radiation treatments.
The integrated cancer centre marks the beginning of a new partnership between BMI Healthcare and Cancer Partners UK.
As the leading provider of pioneering forms of radiotherapy in the UK, Cancer Partners UK specialises in providing advanced treatments such as IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) and IGRT (image guided radiotherapy). These have been shown to treat cancer tumours with greater accuracy and fewer side effects than conventional radiotherapy.
When The Park Cancer Centre opens its doors this July, patients will have access to this latest generation of radiotherapy treatment as well as a dedicated medical oncology unit which will accommodate the growing number of chemotherapy patients being referred within the private sector.
Cancer treatment has undergone radical change since BMI Park Hospital, in Burntstump Country Park, Nottingham, first launched its oncology unit 20 years ago. During that time the service has evolved with the development of new drugs and modern techniques. The majority of chemotherapy patients are now treated in day care which enables them to undergo their treatment while maintaining as normal a life as possible.
The more spacious chemotherapy unit within The Park Cancer Centre will allow more patients to benefit from convenient day case chemotherapy, while those who need overnight care will still have access to dedicated treatment within the hospital.
Executive director at BMI Park Hospital, Ken Hay, said: “It’s great to be working with Cancer Partners UK and it is fantastic news for patients who will benefit from having access to all aspects of their cancer care in one place.
“Having everything ‘under one roof’ will provide a smoother and less stressful patient journey, as well as greater continuity of care.”
Governance and operations manager at Cancer Partners UK, Sheila Hendy, added: “We’re passionate that innovative and dynamic services such as IMRT and IGRT are available for cancer patients throughout the UK. Our aim is to give patients throughout Nottinghamshire fast access to innovative radiotherapy technology which precisely targets radiation thereby minimising side effects.
“Cancer Partners UK centres are unique in the private healthcare sector and the first of their kind to provide this type of treatment outside of London. We’re delighted to be working alongside BMI Healthcare, and look forward to opening our fifth regional centre in Nottingham.”