HRH The Duke of Gloucester officially opened the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital on the 10th February.
The opening was also attended by senior representatives from the NHS, Somerset County Council, funding organisations, local dignitaries, staff and patient representatives.
The £13.5 state of the art cancer treatment facility will provide radiotherapy treatment to around 1,200 patients per years. It accommodates chemotherapy and outpatient services, together with a radiotherapy unit with three Elekta linear accelerators, a CT simulator and an 18 bed inpatient oncology ward, chemotherapy suite for 22 patients and a clinical trials room.
It will make a huge difference to patient lives avoiding travel to Bristol. An innovative PFI project and the first to be driven by equipment, MESL provided the Project Director to Financial Close and the Chairman to the consortium providing the funding, design, construction and commissioning of the building and equipment and then the maintenance of the building and the major pieces of equipment, principally the linear accelerators, for 30 years.