Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust

SERVICE: Radiotherapy capacity at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is to be increased by a third over the next five years.

The trust is investing £4.5m in both new building and more equipment, including two additional linear accelerators and a new orthovoltage treatment room with equipment which can treat cancers close to the surface of the body.

The plans also include a new orthovoltage treatment room with equipment which can treat cancers which sit near the surface of the body, such as some skin cancers. The new build will include a waiting area, office space and two consulting rooms.

Tom Roques, consultant oncologist, said: “With life expectancy rising, we anticipate more people will need treatment for cancer in the future and this expansion is critical to help meet that need.

“We have a staged plan for installing the equipment with the first linear accelerator to be installed once the building work is complete and a second one due to be installed in 2015.”