Christie provides expertise to new centre in Ireland

Press release posted 28 June 2019

International cancer experts at The Christie have been providing guidance and support to develop a new cancer centre in Ireland.

Cork University Hospital will host the most comprehensive range of cancer treatment services in the country when its new Radiation Oncology department (The Glandore Centre) becomes operational in the coming weeks. 

The standalone new centre, built at a cost of €40 million, houses the most up to date radiotherapy/oncology facilities available nationally, with 5 linear accelerators, scanning equipment and treatment planning facilities which will enable the delivery of  precision radiotherapy. The Glandore Centre will be the only public hospital facility in Ireland using Surface Guided Radiation Treatment (SGRT).

SGRT speeds up and improves the accuracy of treatment and reduces the need for immobilisation. SGRT is also highly advantageous for those patients whose treatment area is close to organs that are at risk from radiation exposure such as the breast, brain, lungs or liver.

The new development complements the many recent advances in diagnostic, medical, surgical cancer services at Cork University Hospital and differentiates CUH Cancer Centre it as the only one in Ireland with a fully comprehensive range of cancer services.

The new large scale centre which was officially opened by Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D., will provide cancer treatment for patients from all over Munster. The new development will deliver improved care and timelines for patient care through state of the art infrastructure and increased staffing.

Great care has been taken to create a more comfortable, less technical environment for treatment. It is noticeable that the building  design, colour, light, and interior planting borrows from best international practice and will play an important role in creating an atmosphere that is positive for patients.

Speaking at the opening, An Tánaiste described the new centre as an outstanding achievement for Cork University Hospital. “This is one of the most modern cancer treatment facilities to be found anywhere. It brings together wonderful staff expertise and cutting edge technology. It references   international best practice through its collaboration with a world centre of excellence for cancer treatment in The Christie in Manchester. This new Glandore Centre is a tremendous resource for Munster cancer patients and their families. Helped by this treatment centre, they will be able to face the challenges of cancer with increased hope and positivity.”

A key innovation for the new centre is a formal collaborative relationship with The Christie in Manchester, one of the world’s leading cancer treatment and research centres. The Christie is the largest single site comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, treating more than 44,000 patients a year. One of the most technologically advanced centres in the world, The Christie is accredited as comprehensive cancer centre by the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) and was the first specialist trust to be given the highest accolade of ‘Outstanding’ twice by the national Care Quality Commission (CQC). It currently is the location for over 650 clinical trials and its work in this context as well as its innovative record in radiotherapy/oncology makes available a major resource to medical staff and patients at the Glandore Centre.

The Christie has worked with Cork University Hospital for 18 months, providing mentorship of staff with respect to multi-professional team working, best practice guidelines, research opportunities and patient engagement. The Christie identified a team to work with CUH, led by Professor Nick Slevin, expert clinical advisor and the former chair of NHS England’s national Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group. The Christie team has attended both professional and project meetings at CUH, supported with the recruitment and appointments process, facilitated visits of clinical and technical staff to The Christie and advised regarding quality assurance and accreditation in radiation therapy. It is thought that this kind of collaboration is unique in Ireland.

Professor Slevin said of the partnership: “In our time working with colleagues at CUH, we have been greatly impressed by their vision and drive for improved patient outcomes and experience. The enhancement of radiation therapy at CUH will mean local patients will get access to international standard state of the art facilities and services provided by a highly skilled workforce which will ultimately lead to better clinical outcomes”

CEO at Cork University Hospital, Tony McNamara, said that the investment of €40m in cancer services will further complement other significant developments in cancer care in the hospital. In addition to the funding from government, the support from Aid Cancer Treatment who have provided   €800k means that CUH will provide the most up to date radiation cancer care available with the support of our international partners at The Christie Cancer Centre in Manchester.”

Professor Nick Slevin is pictured with Christie Deputy Director of Business Development Jenny Scott at the opening of the new facilities in Cork.

The Christie International offers accessible cancer expertise to healthcare organisations around the world. For more information, visit The Christie International.