15 Jun 2020

The keys to Cheshire and Merseyside’s major new specialist cancer hospital, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool, have officially been handed over to the NHS, following the completion of construction and will open to patients on Saturday 27th June.

This is part of a £162m investment in expanding and enhancing care for the 2.4 million people living in the region that has one of the highest rates of cancer nationally.

The lead contractor for the project, has now handed the building over to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust which will run the hospital, as well as its existing sites in Wirral and Aintree and its extensive network of clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside.  

The 11-storey, 110-bed hospital will deliver a wide range of highly-specialist cancer care including pioneering chemotherapy, immunotherapy, gene therapy and radiotherapy. It has state-of-the-art facilities for bone marrow transplant, diagnostics and imaging, outpatients, daycase treatments, a Teenage & Young Adult Unit, clinical therapies, and a wide range of cancer information and support.

The Chemotherapy suite and inpatient wards boast spectacular views across the city and across to the Wirral peninsula, with terraces where patients can enjoy some fresh air. There is also a Winter Garden off the Radiotherapy department.

The hospital has also been designed to ensure patients have plenty of privacy and space, and can be personalised to individual needs. For example, every inpatient will have their own single en-suite room, further reducing any risk of infection.

Construction on the project started in early 2017, after initial site work in late 2016.

Dr Liz Bishop, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Getting the keys is a huge milestone because it marks the end of construction on Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool. Our staff are now making the final preparations for opening on 27th June and we are all very excited about the benefits it will bring for cancer care in Cheshire and Merseyside. It is a significant expansion of cancer services, in addition to services at our Wirral and Aintree sites and our network of clinics across the region.”

The idea of developing a specialist cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool was first proposed in the Baker Cannon report of 2008, which recommended sweeping changes to cancer care in Cheshire and Merseyside.  Being located in Liverpool will have five main benefits over the current main site:

  • It is more centrally located for people across Cheshire & Merseyside, significantly reducing journey times for those who live north of the Mersey.
  • The most complex and seriously unwell patients will benefit from rapid on-site access to key medical and surgical specialties in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
  • Bringing cancer experts from the NHS and the university together on the same site will significantly enhance opportunities for leading-edge cancer research.
  • Every inpatient will have their own individual room, reducing the risk of infection.
  • The new hospital unites treatment for blood cancers and solid tumours for the first time.