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Patients help shape future cancer services

Welsh Government finance and government business minister Jane Hutt has visited Velindre cancer centre to meet the project team responsible for delivering a £210 million scheme, which is at the heart of the Trust’s programme to transform the delivery of cancer care services. 

The plans will see the building of a new Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and the provision of enhanced services closer to home.

The plans will be formally submitted to the Welsh Government during the summer of 2016. If approved, construction of this first project in the Welsh Government’s Non-profit Distribution (NPD) investment pipeline  will start in 2018, with the first patients seen at  to the new Velindre Cancer Centre in 2021/22. Patients have been at the heart of the programme and worked in partnership with Velindre Cancer Centre, local health boards and voluntary sector organisations in designing the required services and facilities.

Lisa Harvey, a breast cancer patient, and Chris Pearce, who has lung cancer, talked to us about the plans.

Jane Hutt made the visit in advance of a visit from a delegation from the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) and the European Commission will visit Wales to highlight the potential opportunities to tap into significant infrastructure financing and maximise the impact of EU funding. 

The networking event is the first to be undertaken in the UK and among the first in Europe – bringing together the EIB, the European, Commission, and public and private project promoters from across Wales.

Ms Hutt said “The Velindre hospital redevelopment scheme, supported through innovative finance, is integral to transforming cancer services in South East Wales.  The NPD scheme is also one of a number of infrastructure projects in Wales that the EIB has expressed a strong interest in financing. The scheme has the potential to not only provide a transformed environment for patients but also act as a pioneering centre for research and trial activities in Wales.”

Programme Director at Velindre NHS Trust Carl James said: “We at Velindre are excited about the opportunity the Welsh Government has given us to provide high quality services and a better patient and staff environment at Velindre  cancer centre, and across south east Wales, with our health board partners and the voluntary sector. This will assist in improving cancer outcomes in Wales.”