Meeting at LGH told that radiotherapy Unit is unique cross-border venture

A briefing at Letterkenny General Hospital has been told that the new Radiotherapy Unit planned for Altnagelvin Hospital is a unique cross border venture, which will provide access to radiotherapy services to over a half a million people living on both sides of the border.

Dr Mary Hynes, Network Manager South and West for the National Cancer Control Programme told the meeting that for the first time ever Donegal patients will access radiotherapy within the North West when the 50 million pounds unit opens as planned in 2016.

The new Unit will be located beside and connected to the Sperrin Suite, the existing Cancer Unit at Altnagelvin.

The project's clinical advisor Dr David Stewart told the meeting that radiotherapy treatment will be delivered at the new unit for all but the most complex of tumours.

Dr Karen Duffy, Consultant Medical Oncologist at Letterkenny General Hospital said staff there are already working closely with clinical colleagues in Altnagelvin to develop clinical pathways for our patients who will be accessing radiotherapy services there.

Letterkenny General Hospital Manager Sean Murphy said the collaborative working with cross border colleagues means Donegal patients who traditionally travelled to Dublin, Galway or Belfast for radiotherapy services will soon be able access these locally in the North West.