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26 July 2012

Bristol Cancer Centre given full planning permission

The expansion of the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) has been given full planning permission by Bristol City Council.   

The £16 million redevelopment will enable the Trust to offer the very best in cancer care for the patients it treats and will deliver four major initiatives through a single development.

The expanded centre will enable the transfer of adult bone marrow transplant services out of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to the more appropriate adult setting in BHOC. This move will make way for paediatric burns and neurosciences when they transfer from Frenchay Hospital in 2014. The scheme will also accommodate some therapeutic services which will transfer from the Southmead Hospital site.   

This expansion will enable patients to have all of their care delivered in a single setting and deliver a much needed unit for teenagers and young adults with cancer, who will be able to have their unique needs catered for in an environment appropriate to their age. 

Dr Alison Cameron, Macmillan Teenage and Young Adults with Cancer Lead Clinician: "This is a great step forward for patients in Bristol and across the South West. Now we will have the facilities for teenagers and young adults with cancer, and people with blood disorders, to match the service we already provide." 

Finally, the scheme will provide two replacement radiotherapy bunkers which will enable the Trust to provide the most advanced equipment available for local patients. 

Charities Above and Beyond, Teenage Cancer Trust and Friends of the BHOC are generously supporting the delivery of this project. 

The BHOC provides local and specialist haematological and cancer care to people living in Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire.