Sir James Mackey, CEO of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The health and care system within Northumberland is proven to be one of the best in England, something we are all very proud of. Adding now the additional services from the Rutherford Cancer Centre ensures patients continue to get access to the latest and most advanced treatments for cancer. This demonstrates the strength public and private sector partnerships can bring to the fight against cancer. We are therefore delighted to be working with the Centre to ensure cancer patients get access to the treatments they need, within a timeframe that best suits their needs.”
Ian Lavery MP said: “It has been absolutely fantastic to see a world-class centre such as this opening here in Wansbeck Constituency. Having been a campaigner for investment in Cancer Care across the North East for many years, I know how much of a difference this development will make to so many people’s lives. The many people who will be treated at the Rutherford Centre over the coming years will have access to a truly outstanding facility based in the heart of Northumberland.”
Rutherford Health Plc operates a network of Rutherford Cancer Centres which offer the latest cancer therapies including proton beam therapy. Its centre in Wales introduced proton beam therapy to the UK and treated a cancer patient with the pioneering treatment in the UK for the first time last year. It also has a centre in Reading whilst a centre in Liverpool is under construction. The combined centres boast a centrally networked management system which allows patients to be treated at any Rutherford centre after they have been screened.