Althnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit on track for 2016

It has been confirmed at the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh that the establishment of a radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin is still on time.

The meeting was told the unit remains on track for a 2016 opening.

Delegates at the North South Ministerial Council meeting were told that the business planning process is at the further advanced stage for the establishment of a radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin.

This mean the timeframe for establishment of a radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin is still on track with a view to the unit being operational by 2016.

The location of the radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin will save patients from Derry, Donegal and Strabane of having to travel hundreds of miles for what is often a short period of treatment.

Supporters says It will reduce the impact such journeys have on patients physically and emotionally and lessen the financial hardships it places on families.

Welcoming the confirmation that the unit should be open in 2016 - Raymond McCartney MLA said the new facility will make a dramatic impact on the lives of cancer sufferers as it will mean that the vast majority of patients will be able to receive radiotherapy treatment within one hour travelling distance of their homes.