UPMC Enhances Cancer Care in the South East with €7.8 Million Investment
20 November 2023 – UPMC is making a significant stride in enhancing cancer care in the South East region with the installation of two state-of-the-art radiotherapy machines to treat cancer patients at UPMC Whitfield Hospital. The linear accelerators, representing a €7.8 million investment, underscore UPMC’s commitment to providing advanced, accessible oncology services to the local community. The new equipment not only represents an upgrade to the radiotherapy department, but also a crucial step in ensuring that oncology patients receive the highest quality care close to home.
The UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre, located at UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Waterford, serves as a hub for comprehensive cancer care and houses multidisciplinary teams that collaborate to provide a wide range of services, including medical oncology, radiation therapy, and supportive care.
Mary Hickey, Director of Oncology Services at UPMC, expressed her enthusiasm about the new equipment, stating, "The installation of these state-of-the-art linear accelerators is a game-changer for oncology patients in the region. The new machines will be equipped with the latest technological advancements, allowing for precise and personalised radiation therapy treatment plans. These advancements translate into shorter treatment times, reduced side effects, and improved outcomes for oncology patients."
The investment serves as a milestone in UPMC Whitfield Hospital's unwavering commitment to providing world-class care services in the region and underscores the hospital's dedication to delivering advanced treatments close to home, reducing the physical and emotional burdens of long journeys for patients and their families.
Gwen Daniels, General Manager, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, said, "Our primary goal is to provide exceptional care and support to the people of the South-East. Through this investment, we are making a substantial contribution to the local community. With the acquisition of UPMC Whitfield Hospital and the establishment of the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic at the SETU Arena, we've seen a significant expansion of healthcare options and specialised services to the local community, offering advanced treatment options without the need for patients to travel long distances."
By bringing cutting-edge cancer treatment to the South East, UPMC Whitfield Hospital is not only improving the patient experience but also ensuring that individuals facing cancer can access top-quality care in a familiar and supportive environment.
The new machines are being installed on a phased basis with the first machine scheduled to treat patients in December of this year.