Sunrise Appeal delighted by radiotherapy news
A final report by NHS England is expected to confirm that patients will continue to receive radiotherapy at the Sunrise Centre at Treliske.
It was feared that some treatments may be moved out of Cornwall if plans to centralise radiotherapy services went ahead.
The plans went out for public consultation in December 2017, resulting in a record-breaking 12,000 responses, the majority of which were from Cornwall. This was thanks in large part to a campaign launched by the Sunrise Appeal to retain the radiotherapy services provided at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
NHS England has now indicated that patients will continue to receive radiotherapy at the Sunrise Centre.
The Sunrise Appeal said its as delighted by the news, posting on its website: “This means that patients will not be forced to travel out of Cornwall for radiotherapy any more than at current levels.
"This is excellent news for cancer patients in Cornwall.
"The Sunrise Appeal would like to thank all those people who supported our campaign and took the opportunity to respond to the public consultation.
"It is quite clear that without the extraordinary high level of response NHS England's plan could easily have resulted in a down grading of the Sunrise Centre and forced patients to travel out of the County even as far as Bristol for their treatment.
"Instead we will continue to have one of the best cancer treatment centres in the UK here in the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. Well done to the people of Cornwall - You spoke and NHS England listened!’
NHS England’s final report will be released in the coming weeks.