Following an intensive nine-month development project, a new outpatient and treatment centre has opened in Milton Keynes.
Staff at Linford Wood Medical Centre are welcoming patients for a range of outpatient services, all supported by a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging suite and operating theatre for minor procedures.
The centre is located on Sunrise Parkway in Linford Wood East, and is owned and run by Cancer Partners UK. The organisation is the first independent provider globally to treat patients with the Elekta Versa HD, the most advanced external beam radiotherapy machine available. Cancer patients at Linford Wood Medical Centre will be among the first in the UK to benefit from the Versa HD’s technology which can reduce treatment time to less than one minute, and uses precise targeting to improve outcomes and vastly reduce the risk of side-effects.
Cancer Partners UK’s chief executive, Steve Bird, explained:
“We originally set out to develop an integrated cancer centre offering advanced cancer treatments similar to our six other regional centres across the UK. However, we recognised that in this particular area, there is a demand for dedicated outpatient and diagnostic facilities, so made the move to create a comprehensive outpatient facility suitable for all patients, not just those with symptoms of cancer.”
Linford Wood Medical Centre’s general manager, Gill Barnes, added:
“We’ve had a lot of interest from patients and doctors over the last few months, and are delighted to finally be able to welcome them into the centre.
“We’ll be working with doctors in the region to develop dedicated services and clinics such as a multi-disciplinary women’s health clinic and a prostate practice.”
Milton Keynes consultant breast oncoplastic and general surgeon, Mr Kian Chin, said:
“This new centre is great news for patients in the area. Although I expect to be working for many more years, I didn’t think I would see a facility like this during that time. It is very exciting and impressive indeed.”
DD Porter Ltd was the main contractor on the project, whilst CSM Architects provided all architectural services. DD Porter Ltd undertakes all aspects of building, joinery, refurbishment and fit out contracts throughout out the UK and Ireland, whilst CSM Architects is a flexible practice with the capabilities to offer clients a one-stop shop service.