Cancer services campaigners from Donegal have contributed to the design of the new radiotherapy centre in Derry.
Two groups, Donegal Action for Cancer Care and Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest have campaigned for a radiotherapy centre in the north west. Cancer campaign groups here have campaigned for enhanced cancer treatment services in Donegal for over ten years.
Radiotherapy project lead, Margaret McIvor, said groups and charities from Donegal have been very supportive. “We have had input from them for various things including the design of the building and hopefully we have managed to build those ideas and advice into the design,” she said.
The buildings were demolished to find the best site for the centre which will connect to the main hospital and the existing cancer care facility, the Sperrin Suite.
Planning for facilitating patients from Donegal is underway. There are regular meetings with staff in Letterkenny, Galway and Dublin and as the service moves forward there will be team meetings every week so staff here will connect with those meetings where the decisions are made about the patient's treatment pathways.”