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In April 2008, the Trust was asked to develop a business case for the establishment of a radiotherapy facility at Altnagelvin Hospital.  The new unit would increase radiotherapy capacity in Northern Ireland which was anticipated to exceed demand by 2015, and would improve patient travelling times by providing more locally accessible services. The announcement also recognised the opportunity for cross-border co-operation as part of the new service.

The Full Business Case (FBC) was developed and submitted to DHSSPS in February 2014, and approval provided in June 2014.

All Western Trust patients, i.e. patients from Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh and Enniskillen District Council areas, and patients from the northern sector of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area, i.e. Coleraine, Moyle and Ballymoney areas, will access radiotherapy services at the Altnagelvin unit.  In population terms, this will be approximately 417,000 people by the year 2016.  However, approximately 10% of this population will continue to access more specialist treatment at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital.

In the Republic of Ireland, patients from north to mid-Donegal, i.e. the catchment population of Letterkenny General Hospital, will also receive radiotherapy treatment at Altnagelvin.  This is a population of approximately 110,000 people with about 10% of this population continuing to receive more specialist treatment at National Treatment Centres in the Republic of Ireland

At present the Radiotherapy Unit is progressing in terms of the construction and the recruitment of key staff. It is envisaged that the unit will be finished in summer 2016, and will open in autumn 2016.

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Get a sneak peek at the Radiotherapy Unit by viewing the 'fly through' below. The video provides an architect’s insight to what the facility will look like when construction is complete. The fly through highlights zoned areas including the location of the unit within the Altnagelvin Area Hospital site, the main entrance foyer and reception area, outpatient and clinical areas . The short clip also highlights other design features in the hospital including the ward single bed rooms, nurse base stations and the planned landscaped features.