THE keys to Cheshire & Merseyside’s major new specialist cancer hospital in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter have officially been handed over to the NHS, following the completion of construction.
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool, which opens to patients on Saturday 27th June, is part of a £162m investment in expanding and enhancing care for the 2.4 million people living in a region that has one of the highest rates of cancer nationally.
Laing O’Rourke, the lead contractor for the project, has now handed the building over to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust which will run the hospital, as well as its existing sites in Wirral and Aintree and its extensive network of clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside.
The 11-storey, 110-bed hospital will deliver a wide range of highly-specialist cancer care including pioneering chemotherapy, immunotherapy, gene therapy and radiotherapy. It has state-of-the-art facilities for bone marrow transplant, diagnostics and imaging, outpatients, daycase treatments, a Teenage & Young Adult Unit, clinical therapies, and a wide range of cancer information and support.
The hospital has been designed to ensure patients have plenty of privacy and space, and can be personalised to individual needs. For example, every inpatient will have their own single en-suite room, further reducing any risk of infection.
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool was designed by leading architects BDP with AECOM providing all design engineering. Laing O’Rourke was the main contractor. Construction on the project started in early 2017, after initial site work in late 2016.
Dr Liz Bishop, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Getting the keys is a huge milestone because it marks the end of construction on Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool. Our staff are now making the final preparations for opening on 27th June and we are all very excited about the benefits it will bring for cancer care in Cheshire and Merseyside. It is a significant expansion of cancer services, in addition to services at our Wirral and Aintree sites and our network of clinics across the region.”
Patients at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre will be informed which hospital they should attend for treatment.