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Development of a new West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Facility

Demand for radiotherapy treatment is set to increase significantly over the next ten years as more of us live longer and more cases of cancer are detected at an earlier stage. 

To help meet this future demand work is underway to develop plans for a West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Facility.  

This new facility, which would operate as a satellite facility for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow, would increase access to the state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatments and allow many more patients in the West of Scotland to be treated closer to home.  

Two potential locations were identified for the new facility - Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert and Monklands District General Hospital in Airdire. Following a detailed assessment of both options, which took into account a wide range of factors such as travel times, clinical benefits and site requirements, Monklands has been confirmed as the preferred location.    

An outline business casefor the proposed new facility was submitted to the Scottish Government on 5th July 2013 and, if approved, additional detailed plans would be developed and submitted for final approval in early 2014.  Construction could then start in Spring 2014 and the new facility could be operational by the end of 2015.  

An initial agreement and a design brief, setting out some of the key layout and design requirements for the new facility, have also been developed. 

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