Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald has welcomed the proposal to create a new state-of-the-art radiotherapy facility to help meet rising demand for cancer treatment over the next ten years.
Two potential locations have been identified for the new facility – Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert and Monklands District General Hospital in Airdire.
Once the location has been finalised, a more detailed plan will be developed and considered by the Scottish Government. Construction could start in spring 2014 and the new facility, which is expected to cost around £25m, could be operational by the end of 2015.
Mr MacDonald said:
“A new radiotherapy centre based at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert would be of great benefit to my constituents and everyone within Falkirk District.
“Currently, cancer patients have to travel to Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow. This facility provides high quality care but it is already the busiest radiotherapy centre in the UK and is currently operating at close to its maximum capacity.
“As more people are living longer and more cancers being detected at an earlier stage the number of patients requiring radiotherapy is set to increase significantly, therefore this new facility to keep pace with future increases in demand for this important cancer treatment, increasing capacity, and helping reduce waiting times.
“Having already received representations from constituents regarding the inconvenience of having to travel to Glasgow for treatment I will be making a strong case for having the facility in Larbert, enabling patients to access diagnostic and cancer treatment services not previously available locally and minimise traveling.”