NHS Greater Glasgow today welcomed the news that both Celtic Football Club and Martin O'Neill have spoken of raising funds to support the work the Beatson Oncology Centre with the suggestion of a new CT scanner at the Western Infirmary.
The old CT scanner at the Western Infirmary is being replaced within the next few weeks with a £1 million investment by NHS Greater Glasgow.
Professor Alan Rodger, Medical Director of the Beatson Oncology Centre, said: "The staff at the Beatson and I warmly welcome the possibility of working with Martin O'Neil and the management at Celtic Football Club.
"We look forward to fruitful discussions to establish how funds raised can assist the work of the new centre and cancer patients from across the West of Scotland.
"There are record levels of investment 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, along with £5million funding from four major charities, in a new West of Scotland Cancer Centre on the Gartnavel site in Glasgow.
"There has been some suggestion that the funds raised could be used to replace an old CT scanner at the Western Infirmary. NHS Greater Glasgow has already invested £1 million - as part of a wider £12m plan to replace and upgrade medical equipment across the city during the next year - for a new CT scanner at the Western Infirmary, which will be installed in July 2005.
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.
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The West of Scotland Cancer Centre on the Gartnavel site in Glasgow is a new state-of-the-art facility which 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.
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.
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.
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