07.10.2020 16:20 Age: 143 days

Albany radiation oncology service one step closer for local residents

Albany Health Campus

The tender for the forward works as part of the $13.1 million Albany radiation oncology service is set to be awarded next month, with construction earmarked for December.

When complete, the project will deliver a specialised bunker, known as a Linac Suite, to provide radiation oncology services using high energy x-rays which destroy cancer cells. 

The forward works include improvements to parking, vehicle access and vital site preparation such as ensuring the bunker is housed safely and can protect patients, visitors and staff from potential exposure to radiation.

Great Southern Regional Director Geraldine Ennis was pleased to note the important project was progressing well.

“Having a radiation oncology service locally means Great Southern cancer patients who currently need to travel to Perth or Bunbury for multiple treatments will be able to remain close to family, friends and support networks in their time of need,” Ms Ennis said.

The current project program indicates that the lifesaving service is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022 with detailed design work around the main building works now finalised.