Specialist cancer services could be located in a purpose-built cancer centre alongside the new Watford General Hospital, if a bid for funding to the Government’s new hospital infrastructure programme is successful.
The clinical team at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre is working with the world-famous University College London Hospital (UCLH) and NHS England and Improvement on plans to re-locate the Cancer Centre to Watford. The lack of clinical support services, such as critical care, on the current site, mean the service can no longer provide the full range of specialist cancer treatments.
The proposals would move the Cancer Centre to the Watford General Hospital site, creating a health campus that could attract a greater range of research and development and opportunities for staff. UCLH would run the Cancer Centre, which would have a bridge to the new Watford General Hospital run by West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, enabling clinicians in both organisations to work closely together.
More patients attend the Cancer Centre from the Herts Valleys area than from any other area, with other patients attending from as far north as North Bedfordshire and as far south as Ealing. The Watford General Hospital site is the closest District General Hospital to the existing site in Northwood, where the Cancer Centre is run out of dilapidated buildings originally designed as a Tuberculosis hospital in 1904.
The Mount Vernon Review team are in the process of submitting an expression of interest to become one of eight new hospital schemes to receive funding for their development, in addition to the 40 already announced by the Government. A final decision on the eight will be made next Spring.
Patients, carers and local people are being encouraged to get involved in workshops to help design the new Cancer Centre and its services. Information about how to get involved can be found at www.mvccreview.nhs.uk