Cancer patients forced to make a 70-mile round trip for radiotherapy treatment have welcomed a campaign to build a facility closer to home.
Great Western Hospital in Swindon has launched an appeal to raise £2.9 million for a radiotherapy centre, so that thousands of patients no longer have to make the long trek to Oxford for up to seven weeks of treatment.
With support from the public and final approval, it is hoped that the centre will be open by the end of 2017.
The appeal was launched at Great Western Hospital today, with 284 balloons released to mark the number of patients diagnosed with cancer there each month.
Brighter Futures, the Great Western Hospitals Trust charity organising the appeal, hope to inspire local people to get involved in fundraising events.
The Great Western Hospital in Swindon has been told it must improve staffing levels. It has also been ordered to improve cleanliness and infection control, and how it monitors the quality of its service.
It follows an inspection by the Care Quality Commission which found that some wards caring for frail, older people and the Day Surgery Unit did not always have enough experienced and skilled nursing staff on duty.
The Great Western Hospital in Swindon opened 10 years ago today. To celebrate the anniversary, a piece of art will be unveiled by a 10-year-old who was one of the first babies to be looked after at the hospital.