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Cancer patients in County Durham are now being treated closer to home after the opening of a new chemotherapy unit at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.
The unit is a local treatment centre for local people - so it was only fitting that it was opened by a local celebrity.
You can watch the full report from Katie Oakes below.
X Factor star Joe McElderry has been at the opening of a new chemotherapy unit at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital today.
While he was there, we caught up with him to find out what the South Shields singer was up to at the moment.
Joe McElderry has been at the opening of a new chemotherapy unit at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.
We asked him how important it was for local people to have a local treatment centre.
South Shields' Joe McElderry has been in Consett today opening a new £500,000 cancer unit at Shotley Hospital.
X Factor winner Joe McElderry is officially opening a new chemotherapy unit near Consett today.
The Woodlands Centre at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital cost half a million pounds to build.
It means patients will no longer have to travel to Durham for treatment.