The new Radiotherapy Cancer Centre set to open at Altnagelvin hospital later this year ‘can’t come quick enough,” according to DUP Alderman Alan Robinson.
Speaking to The Times, the DUP man said: “The new £50 million radiotherapy centre which is due to open later this year will provide for more accessible services and improve travelling times for many cancer sufferers throughout the Causeway Coast and Glens area.
“It will improve access to cancer treatments for people living in Coleraine, Ballymoney and as far away as Fermanagh whilst also providing a vital service for cross border users,” he said.
The Causeway Coast and Glens councillor said that the 120 mile trip that cancer patients currently have to take for treatment is ‘a double battle’ for the patients.
“When someone receives the devastating news that they have Cancer, and then are told that they have to endure a 120 mile round trip, sometimes several days per week then it is a double battle that they are faced with.
“With much of the road network to Londonderry already duelled this in itself will alleviate some of the stress for sufferers and their families when faced with a diagnosis.
“At a time when I hear increasing numbers of people turned off to the ping pong politics, a new Cancer facility employing 215 staff and state of the art equipment being used to save and improve people’s lives, for me, this is real politics at work.”