The Department of Health has announced the preferred contractors for the building and supply of equipment for the proton beam therapy (PBT) service which will treat hundreds of patients each year at The Christie from 2018.

Two PBT centres are being developed nationally, one at The Christie and the other at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). They are both being funded by a £250 million government investment.

Chief Executive of The Christie, Roger Spencer, said:"To be able to offer the world's most advanced form of radiotherapy in the UK is a real step change for patients ensuring they benefit from local access to this advanced form of treatment, with better outcomes and less chance of long term side effects. High energy proton beam therapy's introduction to Manchester and London will bring the treatment closer to NHS patients who currently travel abroad to receive it. This is fantastic news for everyone and we are proud to be one of the partners bringing this new technology and treatment to the UK."

The Christie PBT centre will be a state of the art five storey building situated on Oak Road with two and a half floors dedicated to PBT and the remaining two and half floors to be available for alternative Trust use when necessary and as appropriate.

While The Christie and UCLH facilities are being built, proton beam therapy will continue to be provided by overseas clinics for clinically appropriate NHS patients.

The Christie and UCLH's preferred equipment supplier is Varian and The Christie's preferred building contractor is Interserve Construction Ltd. Both were selected following a rigorous public procurement process.

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