Ark Cancer Centre Charity donation makes a difference

Ark Cancer Centre Charity has made a key donation that will help to provide enhanced and even safer care for local cancer patients of today and the future.

The charity, which is raising £5million to help fund a unique local cancer treatment centre that will serve patients and their families in the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) area, has given £27,000 to help fund new software for the trust’s existing Radiotherapy Centre.

The software is linked to the Radiotherapy Centre’s linear accelerator and will therefore move to the new Cancer Treatment Centre when this is built.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees said: “The opening of the Radiotherapy Centre in 2014 was phase one of a two-phase plan, and a key moment on the journey to the building of the new Cancer Treatment Centre.

“I am delighted that the charity has been able to make this important donation – one that will help the patients of today and tomorrow.”

Mr Rees said he is grateful for the increasing level of public support that the public have given to the charity’s fundraising campaign over the last two years – a surge in support that has seen the appeal total rise above £1.3m.

“The charity’s mission statement is ‘For the people, by the people’ and the £1.3m that has been raised so far is a significant show of support by the public. Local people really want the cancer treatment centre to happen, and their ongoing support is much appreciated and key to delivering this goal.”

Speaking about what the new software will mean for patients who use the Radiotherapy Centre, which is located at Basingstoke hospital, Dr Abiodun Adeyemi, head of medical physics at HHFT, said: “Radiotherapy is a complex procedure and it is generally safe – errors are rare. However, when they occur, the consequences can be significant for the patient.

“This new software ensures accuracy of delivery and will enable early detection of any major radiation dose errors during treatment.

“The charity’s donation towards the new software will enhance the HHFT radiotherapy service and vision for improving patient safety and safeguarding against radiation over-dosage.”

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Ark Cancer Centre Charity Trustee Merv Rees, left, Dr Lara Alloway, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) Clinical Director Cancer Services, and Dr Abiodun Adeyemi, Head of Medical Physics at HHFT.