The Government of the UK has opened a new hospital for cancer diagnosis and treatment in Carlisle.
The $47.8m (£35m) Northern Centre for Cancer Care, North Cumbria, was officially opened by the UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
Located in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, the new cancer hospital is expected to benefit patients from north, west and east Cumbria.
The facility includes a CT scanner, radiotherapy machines, a chemotherapy day unit as well as outpatients, consultation and examination rooms.
These new facilities will allow most of the adult cancer patients in Cumbria to receive health care near home.
Northern Centre for Cancer Care is the first hospital to be opened as part of the government’s commitment to deliver 48 hospitals by 2030, including three dedicated cancer hospitals.
Newcastle Hospitals CEO Dame Jackie Daniel said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to bring the Northern Centre for Cancer Care to North Cumbria so that local people can benefit from high quality, safe and sustainable services.
“This £35m investment will bring specialist services closer to the homes of the 2,000 patients each year, many of whom would previously have needed to travel to Newcastle for care.”
The hospital is expected to receive 1,200 new patients a year. Additionally, 2,000 patients will receive treatment or follow-up care at the centre. It will also deliver around 11,500 radiotherapy treatments, 8,000 chemotherapy treatments and 4,000 supportive therapy treatments annually
As part of the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will operate the new cancer hospital.