James Brokenshire has warmly welcomed news that the proposed new cancer centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup has taken an important step forward. A formal application for the new centre - which would combine both chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments - has now been submitted to Bexley Council planners for approval. It’s hoped that the new centre will be completed by the end of next year.
Details of the proposals were discussed at a meeting between James Brokenshire and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Stephen Firn on Friday when James saw some of the designs for the new state of the art centre. Original plans for a radiotherapy unit have now been extended to incorporate chemotherapy services which would be provided by Guy’s & St Thomas’s NHS Hospital Trust in a new building on the site of the old Frognal Education Centre.
James has campaigned for several years to secure the radiotherapy unit at Queen Mary’s to enable cancer patients to be treated locally. Just before Christmas James received confirmation from NHS London that the necessary funding arrangements for the new service had been put in place.
The new cancer centre forms a key part of investment plans at the hospital following Oxleas taking over the running of Queen Mary’s last October. During the meeting James was also told that the existing kidney dialysis service at the hospital is also set to expand in the coming months to accommodate more patients.
Commenting James said: “This is great news and offers the potential for Sidcup to become a new centre of excellence for cancer treatment.
“I’ve been pressing the case for a new radiotherapy unit at Queen Mary’s with Ministers and senior NHS Executives for some time. I’m delighted that not only is this plan a big step closer but that the addition of chemotherapy services will offer a combined cancer treatment centre for local patients.
“These are exciting proposals to improve local healthcare and strengthen Queen Mary’s future as part of significant investment plans to improve the facilities at the hospital.”