Major new cancer hospital to open in Liverpool as NHS responds to coronavirus

A major new specialist cancer hospital is set to open in Liverpool at the end of June to play a vital role in the second phase of the NHS response to coronavirus by providing dedicated capacity for cancer care.

The new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool will ensure the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside is well placed to resume normal clinical activity by providing protected facilities for people with cancer, many of whom are particularly at risk if they catch coronavirus. It will also release capacity in other hospitals in the region.

The 11-storey cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter is part of a £162m investment in transforming cancer care for the 2.4 million people of Cheshire and Merseyside, a region where people are more likely to develop cancer than almost anywhere else in the country. Preparatory work began on site in late 2016 and formal construction got underway in 2017.

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Credit: Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

The new cancer hospital has 110 fully-single en-suite patient bedrooms which will reduce the risk of catching coronavirus. This is important because people with cancer can be at greater risk of becoming extremely unwell from the virus. There are also special isolation facilities for patients whose immune systems mean they are particularly vulnerable to infection.

What is the site for?

  • Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Liverpool will deliver a wide range of highly-specialist cancer care including chemotherapy,

  • Immunotherapy,

  • Gene therapy

  • Radiotherapy.

  • The new hospital has state-of-the-art facilities for bone marrow transplant

  • Diagnostics and imaging

  • Outpatients, daycase treatments, a Teenage & Young Adult Unit

  • Clinical therapies

  • Wide range of cancer information and support.

The centre will enhance care for the most complex patients – for example, those who have heart, lung and kidney conditions as well as cancer – by providing rapid access to medical and surgical specialties.

Patients will also have access to leading-edge clinical trials of new cancer treatments.The new hospital will become the main hub in The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust’s extensive network of treatment centres, including its Wirral and Aintree sites, hospitals across Cheshire and Merseyside and community settings including patients’ homes and workplaces.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust will continue to provide specialist cancer care at its existing sites in Wirral and Aintree. Credit: ITV News

Dr Liz Bishop, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool is the culmination of an eight-year vision for transforming cancer care in a region with one of the highest rates of cancer in the country. It brings state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering cancer treatments to Cheshire and Merseyside at a time when they are more vitally needed than ever.

We are tremendously excited about opening Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool. It has been a huge labour of love and I would like to pay tribute to our staff, the Laing O’Rourke site team, our suppliers, subcontractors and all the partners who have helped to bring it to fruition.”

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram said: “The opening of this crucial facility will be of huge benefit to the people of the city region. This is especially good news in these current testing times when NHS resources have been so stretched dealing with coronavirus. It adds to our city region’s strengths in health and life sciences and is yet another world-leading asset for the growing Knowledge Quarter.”

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust will continue to provide specialist cancer care at its existing sites in Wirral, Aintree, acute hospitals across the region and in the community when the new hospital opens.

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool is part of a £162m investment that also includes significant upgrades and refurbishment at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Wirral.