Robert White Centre

Robert White Centre, Dorchester

In the initial stages of planning the facility, patient feedback strongly supported Dorchester as the location for the new centre, as it would benefit them in terms of reducing travel time and costs for patients and their families in the north, south and west of the county. These patients would otherwise have had to travel to Poole for this vital cancer treatment.  A number of patients had previously refused treatment for this very reason.

We are proud to report the first anniversary of the opening of the Robert White Centre on 12th December 2019.  The Centre has been instrumental in significantly reducing carbon emissions and saving patients in excess of 263,600 miles (424,223 km’s), equating to a savings of a CO2 footprint of  133.0t (figures based on a medium size, petrol motor vehicle).

Since the first radiotherapy patient was treated on 14th January 2019, we have now administered 5272 patient treatments, equating to us having treated 360 patients as at end of November 2019. 

The Centre also significantly reduced journey times.  This in turn has also reduced fuel consumption and time spent in traffic for patients, thereby reducing the stress and anxiety and improving the patient experience. 

The £9 million Centre is an extension of the Poole Hospital-based Dorset Cancer Centre is equipped with the latest linear accelerator (LINAC), which enables patients to receive the best-possible radiotherapy treatment.

The facility also includes a £1.75 million Cancer and an Outpatients Department funded by The Cancer Appeal run by Dorset County Hospital Charity. This was supported by hundreds of donations from individuals, community groups as well as Trusts and Foundations.

Poole Hospital staff work across both sites in a collaborative effort.  The building is named after the late Robert White, whose Legacy Fund part funded the Centre.