HEALTH: New radiotherapy building heralds ‘major milestone’ for cancer treatment


Keys to the new £9 million radiotherapy building were handed over earlier this month. The ‘Robert White Treatment Centre’ is based on the Dorset County Hospital site and acts as a satellite centre of the Dorset Cancer Centre, based at Poole Hospital. 

Funded in part by an extremely general legacy from Poole businessman Robert White, together with NHS funds secured by Poole Hospital, the treatment centre will provide a range of radiotherapy services. Dorset County Hospital Charity is also funding an outpatient department for all cancer patients, above the new facility. 

Karen Bew, Acting General Manager Oncology, Poole Hospital, received the key to the building on 15th June from Simon Duck of Interserve Construction Ltd, who coordinated the build. She says:

“The handover of the building represents a major milestone for us in the provision of cancer services which will improve care for all our patients and their families.”

She adds that it’s important to recognise the remarkable generosity of Robert White, whose legacy has “made such a huge difference by providing funds for this much-needed cancer centre”.

The final phase of building work is underway, and it’s expected that the centre will be operational later this year. 


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