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Since 2003, an additional investment of over £1.7 million per year has also been made in new cancer drugs, including Herceptin and glivec, and a further £387k has been invested in developing a cancer trials network for the west of Scotland to test out new cancer treatments.
Since 2000/01, an additional £5.2million has been invested specifically in new staffing at the Beatson and over 100 new staff, including oncologists, nurses, and radiographers, have been appointed to the centre. This is part of a wider recurring investment of £13.6million in west of Scotland cancer services.
Record levels of investment are being ploughed into cancer services in the west of Scotland to develop some of the finest professional facilities for the treatment of cancer. £103 million of treasury funding is being invested in a new West of Scotland Cancer Centre on the Gartnavel site in Glasgow; this new state-of-the-art facility will open in 2007 and will include a package of the most advanced equipment available in the world including eleven specialist radiotherapy linear accelerator machines.
Each year, staff at the Beatson are involved in the care of more than 8,000 new patients – over 16,000 courses of chemotherapy and in excess of 6,000 courses of radiotherapy are administered annually.
The Beatson Oncology Centre is the lead non-surgical cancer centre for the West of Scotland. The centre offer the full range of regional oncology services and some national services, including sarcoma, prostate brachytherapy and ophthalmic oncology.
· The plans for the new Beatson will also see a new CT simulator at £900k, an MRI scanner at £1.2 million and CT scanner £900k for planning and staging of radiotherapy.
· A replacement CT simulator was also purchased for the Beatson at a cost of £900k two years ago.
Investment is also being made in dedicated CT equipment for the Beatson Oncology Centre:
This wider plan is part of the overall Capital Plan for 2005/06 which will be decided by the NHS Greater Glasgow Board during May 2005.
The new scanner can be purchased and installed by summer 2005 as the tendering procedure has been completed and the installation plans have already been drawn up.
The CT scanner at the Western Infirmary will be replaced during 2005/06 - at a cost of £1million - as part of a wider £12m plan to replace and upgrade medical equipment across the city during the next year.