Official Opening of New Cancer CentreFriday 15 July 2016
Springfield Oncology Centre officially opened this week, on the Springfield Hospital site in Lawn Lane Chelmsford, with Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Patrons launching the service at a celebration launch event. Professional snooker player and two times World Champion runner-up Ali Carter opened the event and magician Michael J Fitch also provided celebrity support to the event, adding fun to the opening ceremony and wowing the guests with his close-up-magic. The launch was well supported by staff, consultants, local dignitaries and charity representatives.
The new Springfield Oncology Centre builds on the existing cancer service that has been provided by Springfield Hospital for over 25 years. Through a partnership with the largest independent provider of Radiotherapy in the UK and Australia, GenesisCare, and with the support of leading cancer specialists, the new centre will serve communities across Essex and Hertfordshire. The centre brings together expertise and the very latest equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy This newest centre adds to the nine that GenesisCare run in the UK after acquiring the UK’s leading provider of private cancer services, Cancer Partners UK in 2015.
As well as the full range of leading radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, in conjunction with the adjacent Springfield Hospital, patients will be able to access a full range of diagnostic services, including prostate screening and a one-stop diagnosis breast clinics, as well as the reassurance of 24/7 hospital support, so patients at all levels of acuity can be fully cared for.
Local consultant oncologists have been involved in the development of the Cancer Centre, and the opening of the centre at the hospital is a dream come true for Professor Neville Davidson, consultant oncologist at Springfield Hospital. Professor Davidson, who has worked at the hospital for 25 years, explained: “Having a radiotherapy service here in Chelmsford is an issue on which I have campaigned for so many years. Now at Springfield we are able to offer our patients the very latest and very best treatments locally. Before, all patients, whether they be private or NHS, had to travel many miles to access radiotherapy. Some of these people are quite unwell yet have to travel these distances, though they may feel sick and or very tired after their treatment. At the new centre we can take on more patients needing more complex treatments. We are able to offer treatment that can rival London hospitals. For some treatment to be most effective it is best to have radiotherapy 90 minutes after chemotherapy and we can now offer that.
Professor Davidson treated BBC sport presenter Helen Rollason, who successfully founded The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity with him in 1999. Both Michael and Ali donated their fees for attending the event to the charity, who will be working closely with patients at the centre to provide those attending with holistic therapies and support.
Mark Page, Chief Executive of Ramsay Health Care UK, said “Providing excellent care is a team effort and our motto at Ramsay is “people caring for people” because at the end of the day it is the people who deliver great care and not the buildings or the equipment. Having said that our staff need excellent tools to provide great care and this building, together with the equipment within it, represents part of a multi-million pound investment in Springfield to continue to improve our facilities.”
Commenting on Springfield Cancer Centre, GenesisCare’s Director of UK Operations, Paul Gearing said: “Today is yet another landmark, another milestone in redefining what oncology services look like in the UK. And we should all be duly proud to be announcing the opening of the Springfield Cancer Centre. I think there can be no doubt of the benefit of bringing together both medical and radiation oncology services under one roof, an environment dedicated to oncology where patients and consultants know 100% of our attention, efforts and resources are invested in delivering world class outcomes.”
The £7 million development has been designed to ensure a seamless pathway of care for patients from the point of referral, to aftercare, with a comprehensive range of tests and treatments available on site. A multi-disciplinary team of professionals provide dedicated care and 24 hour clinical support for patients.