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03 May 2012

Expansion of Bristol Cancer Centre given approval

The full business case for the expansion of the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) has been approved by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust's Board. 

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. 

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

Amit Bahl, lead clinician for the BHOC, said: "This continued development of BHOC will ensure facilities that match the excellent standard of care provided to patients at the centre."   

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.   

The Trust is currently awaiting planning permission for the redevelopment.