A New Cancer Centre
Investing in the Future of Merseyside and Cheshire

What are these Proposals About and Why are they Important?

Welcome to this summary, which tells you more about the proposals to develop a comprehensive cancer centre serving Merseyside and Cheshire.

You may have already heard about these proposals; we have been considering them since 2008 when an independent review1 of how cancer services are organised across our region showed that big benefits could be gained for patients and their families by expanding the services provided by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

This would be achieved by retaining cancer services at the Clatterbridge site in Wirral and establishing a new comprehensive Clatterbridge Cancer Centre adjacent to the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Clinical experts recognise and support the case for re-designing non-surgical cancer services in Merseyside and Cheshire as it presents the opportunity to provide truly integrated cancer care. Locating a comprehensive cancer centre on an acute hospital site will improve care for all cancer patients.

"The retention of small, single specialty hospital trusts, now mostly Foundation Trusts, has contributed positively to the high quality of operational management and leadership for these services and impacts effectively on the patient experience. However, the increasing use of multimodality treatment regimes suggests that, in the longer term, isolated oncology services are no longer appropriate."

Professor Mark Baker
and Roger Cannon

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is an excellent hospital, much-loved locally, and renowned nationally for good patient care and innovation in the delivery of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The Centre also has a sophisticated diagnostic imaging department, is currently the only provider of proton therapy in the UK and with the support of the Teenage Cancer Trust hosts the region’s Teenage and Young Adult Unit.

The outstanding level of care and cutting edge treatments at Clatterbridge are provided by dedicated and expert staff in a supportive environment to more than 27,000 patients each year at its centres in Wirral, Aintree and its network of chemotherapy clinics in hospitals throughout Merseyside and Cheshire.

The Royal Liverpool Hospital is committed to providing excellent cancer care. Patients in the new cancer centre would have access to the facilities and clinical expertise at the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which is already one of the largest cancer centres in England, providing excellent, compassionate and timely cancer care. The Royal offers high quality treatment and diagnosis across more than 20 different types of cancer, provided by nationally and internationally renowned specialists.

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital receives around 10,000 urgent cancer referrals each year and diagnoses 2,000 new cancers a year. The expansion of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre to a site adjacent to the new Royal Liverpool hospital will allow seamless interaction between both Trusts’ expert clinicians and will provide cancer patients with access to the best facilities in both hospitals.

The extension of the cancer services offered by Clatterbridge at the new Royal Liverpool hospital site and the seamless integration of services by both trusts provides a once in a generation opportunity to design cancer services to ensure the people of Cheshire, Merseyside and beyond benefit from world class care of the highest possible quality.

1 The organisation and delivery of non-surgical oncology services in the Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network (October 2008) Prof. M R Baker and Mr R C Cannon

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