Roger Williams has welcomed the news that Hereford County Hospital is to get a new, purpose-built radiotherapy unit.
The new £7.7 million satellite radiotherapy service will bring cancer services closer to people in Powys, allowing the hospital to provide thousands of treatment sessions a year for the majority of local patients. Currently, patients from Radnorshire and East Breconshire have to travel to Cheltenham for radiotherapy treatment.
Roger Williams said “I welcome the news that patients from Powys will no longer have to travel all the way to Cheltenham to receive vital cancer treatment. This situation was unacceptable. Not only was the long journey stressful for patients, but could see them stuck in Cheltenham for an entire day as they wait for other patients to receive their treatment before travelling back.
“Without the patients from Powys, as well as the important and long-term campaign work by myself, Kirsty Williams, and people in both Hereford and Powys, the investment in the new radiotherapy unit would not have been possible. This is an example of cross-border healthcare at its best.”
The new radiotherapy unit will open in August 2014.