Dyson Cancer Centre now open to its first patients

Posted: 22nd April 2024

The new Dyson Cancer Centre at the RUH welcomes its first patients this week.  The purpose built centre brings together many of the RUH’s cancer services under one roof to provide a cancer services hub for over 500,000 people in the South West.

The Dyson Cancer Centre includes the RUH’s oncology, chemotherapy and radiotherapy services, a 22-bed inpatient ward, a dedicated pharmacy, research team and nuclear medicine and physics teams.

The Dyson Cancer Centre was supported by a £10m fundraising campaign by RUHX, including a £4m donation from the James Dyson Foundation and £1m by the Medlock Charitable Trust.  The new centre is also backed by over £40m in Government funding as part of the New Hospital Programme.

Over 11,000 of our amazing supporters helped raise the £10 million to help create this extra extraordinary new cancer centre since we started fundraising in 2012.  This new facility couldn’t have been created to offer this extraordinary standard of care without all of these generous supporters in our local community, who donated to help care for their friends and loved ones – now and in the future.  Thank you supporters!

Sue Wedlock (who sadly lost her husband, folk singer Fred, to cancer aged 67) has fundraised and worked with RUHX for many years to help fund the new Dyson Cancer Centre by arranging RUH Bath hospital bake sales and jazz picnics and concerts along with the Keynsham and Saltford RUHX fundraising group.  Sue has also been treated at the RUH in the past year for Bowel and Liver cancer which she has just been given an all clear from after treatment last summer and over last Christmas.  Allowing her to recently come and take a look at the centre before it officially opened to patients.

Sue said about the new Dyson Cancer Centre “It’s such a lovely, light and sympathetic place for cancer patients to be cared for by the wonderful RUH Bath cancer services team that I really cannot speak highly enough of.  I’m really proud of all the RUHX charity supporters in our community that have combined to raise so much money to help make this new centre extra special.  It’s even more important to me having just been cared for by the staff that will work here.”

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of RUHX said: “We are so proud of and grateful to all of our wonderful supporters who helped create this transformational new centre for their community.”

You can find out more about the Dyson Cancer Centre, RUHX’s contribution, photos and more visit our project pages here.

Check out the RUH Bath Cancer Services site where you can find out more about your visit, cancer types, diagnosis and more. Visit the site here