Key messages

  • For too long local people in need of radiotherapy have had to make the long journey to Oxford for treatment. Typically this means up to 40 trips to Oxford over the course of one to seven weeks. Not only does this mean patients having to endure long journeys at a time when they are unwell, it also means spending precious time travelling, rather than with loved ones.
  • Annually in Swindon, more than 3,000 people are told the devastating news they have cancer. This is eight people every day.
  • In 2013/14, a total of 669 patients from the Swindon area travelled to Oxford University Hospital to receive radiotherapy. This equates to 10,043 journeys of 70 miles.
  • Every month 284 people in this area are given a diagnosis of cancer at the Great Western Hospital. Every month 56 people travel to Oxford, spending on average 40 days travelling to and from Oxford for treatment which can last five weeks at a time. We want to change this once and for all, giving people radiotherapy right here in Swindon.
  • This is our once in a lifetime chance to support the biggest improvement in cancer care Swindon has seen in a generation. Brighter Futures needs to raise £2.9 million to equip a new Radiotherapy Centre in Swindon. The campaign was launched in 2015 and will run until the funds are raised.
  • There are a number of ways to get involved to help bring radiotherapy to Swindon.

You can get involved in our events, host an event, give some time as a volunteer or donate using this link – http://www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk/home/

Every donation counts and brings radiotherapy treatment a bit closer to home.

Radiotherapy

  • People in Swindon and North Wiltshire currently have to travel to the Oxford Cancer Centre for radiotherapy meaning a typical round trip journey of 70 miles every day (normally on weekdays) for 40 days. For many patients this journey is long and uncomfortable as they are often in pain and are dealing with the side effects of treatment. We want to stop patients having to make this journey by providing Radiotherapy locally at the Great Western Hospital.
  • Radiotherapy is offered to some cancer patients both as a radical treatment to get rid of the cancer and to control the symptoms that come with it such as breathlessness, pain and difficulty in swallowing.
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) are working in partnership to improve the service for patients. Patients being treated locally will have the same opportunity to receive advanced radiotherapy techniques as those being treated in the cancer centre in Oxford.
  • The service will be operated by OUH on the GWH site. OUH will build, staff and run the service, but GWH needs to fundraise to provide the equipment needed to deliver the radiotherapy treatment; two Linear Accelerators.
  • Building will begin in the spring and it is hoped that the facility will be opened and operational by end of 2017.

Contact us

To date the Radiotherapy appeal has raised £370,000. We ask to those living in Swindon and Wiltshire to get behind our appeal and help bring cancer care closer.

To support the Radiotherapy appeal please contact;

The Brighter Futures team

01793 605631

email us on [email protected]

visit our website at www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk