Cancer Services

We have the facilities to diagnose and treat many types of cancer.

A wide range of services for both adults and young people includes: 

  • Specialist surgery
  • Chemotherapy (drug therapy)
  • Haemato-oncology (cancer of the blood)
  • Palliative services
  • 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 & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and/or the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; patients requiring radiotherapy are referred for treatment at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

Dove Ward

Dove Ward is our highly specialist ward where patients who require inpatient treatments, such as complex and lengthy chemotherapy, are cared for.

All rooms have with en-suite facilities, and the ward is staffed by highly-trained medical and nursing staff.

There are no set visiting times - visitors are welcome at any time as long as it is appropriate for the patient.


Great Western Hospital - third floor (please see Floor plans).

Day Therapy Centre

All day case chemotherapy services are provided in our Day Therapy Centre.

This light and airy treatment area has an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

The Day Therapy Centre provides a comprehensive range of chemotherapy delivery, alongside procedures including:

  • Intrathecal chemotherapy
  • Bone-marrow biopsies
  • Scalp cooling for specific types of chemotherapy treatments

Macmillan Cancer Support

We have experienced clinical specialist Macmillan Nurses, who provide support to cancer patients and their families and carers.

For full details please see the Macmillan Cancer Support website (

Please see also: Macmillan Cancer Support > Macmillan/Swindon CAB Benefits Advice Service (

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Cancer Survival Guide

A diagnosis of cancer can have an impact on many areas of your life, both during and after treatment.

Getting the right information and practical advice at the right time can help you cope with the impact of living with and after cancer.

In a joint collaboration with Macmillian Cancer Support and patients at various stages of cancer treatment, we've produced a downloadable booklet: Survival Guide - Living With and After Cancer.

The guide is available to patients and their families at the hospital. 

Further information and support

Please see:

For a comprehensive list of cancer organisations please see:

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