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UP IN THE AIR: Review into the future of Northwood cancer centre continues

 Published on: 30th October 2020   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

The future of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC) in Northwood continues to be discussed as NHS bosses try to decide what to do with the site.

The cancer centre is undergoing a review in how to improve its services as an independent clinical report revealed last year “things cannot stay as they are”.

At a recent Hillingdon Council meeting, NHS bosses Ruth Derrett and Jessamy Kinghorn updated councillors on work being done on the “crumbling” facilities.

Ms Derrett, director for the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre Review, said: “If a patient is receiving complex treatment and their needs change, they need to be taken to a neighbouring acute hospital, so we do need to co-locate those services with critical care and with some other service on the acute site.

“The reason for that is around the immunotherapies, the more modern cancer treatments, are hugely effective but also have a risk of complications, so we need to make sure we have the adjacencies to manage those complications effectively.”

Co-locating the cancer services with an acute hospital would mean University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) will manage the site from April 2022.

This would not mean the cancer centre would move from its home in Northwood – the NHS have confirmed it would just be about changing how it’s managed.

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