The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides cancer
services for a population of over 340,000 local residents and
diagnoses over 2,300 new cases of cancer each year.
Sadly, that equates to eight or more patients receiving a cancer
diagnosis every working day throughout the year - cancer really can
affect more than one in four of us at some point during our
The Great Western Hospital has the facilities to diagnose and
treat many types of cancer. A wide range of services for both
adults and young people are offered, including specialist surgery,
chemotherapy (drug therapy), haemato-oncology (cancer of the
blood), and palliative and supportive care services.
We provide inpatient, day-case and outpatient services for
cancer treatments. Where highly specialised treatments are
required, patients are referred to the appropriate specialist
centre, which is usually a recognised centre of excellence for that
particular type of cancer and its treatment. For example,
lung surgery patients (for lung cancer) are referred to the Royal
Brompton Hospital and/or the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital.
Patients requiring radiotherapy are referred to the Oxford
Dove Ward is our ten-bedded, highly specialist ward where
patients who require inpatient treatments, such as complex and
lengthy chemotherapy, are cared for.
Dove Ward benefits from having ten single rooms all
with en-suite facilities and is staffed by highly trained
medical and nursing staff.
All day case chemotherapy services are provided in our Day
Therapy Centre. This light and airy treatment area has an informal
and relaxed atmosphere and is staffed by highly trained, dedicated
nursing and medical staff.
The Day Therapy Centre provides a comprehensive range of
chemotherapy delivery, alongside procedures such as intrathecal
chemotherapy, bone-marrow biopsies and scalp cooling for specific
types of chemotherapy treatments.