Mount Vernon Cancer Centre is a well renowned, highly specialised cancer centre based in Northwood in Middlesex.
As a centre of excellence we pride ourselves on both our technical treatments and our patient care. Our staff is highly trained in non-surgical oncology.
The consultant team are highly respected and each specialises in one or two particular cancers. There is also a team of doctors who support the consultants’ clinical work both in the outpatient clinics and on the wards. Nurses deliver chemotherapy treatments and radiographers deliver radiotherapy treatments all supported by teams of physicists, administration staff and engineers.
There are over 500 members of staff, but we are united in our goal to provide high quality and timely treatment to our patients.
We treat from a large catchment population of almost 2 million people and some patients are referred to us from across the country into areas where we have specialist knowledge and expertise. Over 5,000 new patients are registered with us each year.
Mount Vernon Cancer Centre prides itself on being at the forefront of the latest technology available for treatment and many patients being offered clinical trials for both chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. The centre has the latest pumps for the delivery of chemotherapy and in radiotherapy the most up to date linear accelerators can deliver the latest treatment techniques.
Our facilities include:
- A chemotherapy/immunotherapy suite, which treats around 300 patients a week using 21, providing systemic anti-cancer therapy using established and cutting edge drug treatments for all cancer types
- Inpatient ward, which has 26 beds
- A comprehensive radiotherapy service from the point of clinical referral to the first follow-up appointment
- Seven linear accelerators providing radiotherapy treatments, including CyberKnife and TrueBeam
- Nuclear Medicine Imaging and Outpatient Therapy service
- Iodine suite treating 120 patients per year
Our team of volunteers is available to help patients way find their way around our rather complex site. If you need help, just look out for the people wearing a yellow sash or a yellow lanyard and a yellow badge.
Also part of the cancer centre are three facilities that support our patients:
Provides comprehensive scanning services to the NHS and private health sectors for the diagnosis, treatment monitoring and research of cancer and other serious diseases, using leading edge PET/CT, MRI and CT scanners.
Provides support and information to people affected by cancer. Supports patients and families helping them cope with all aspects of the disease from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
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The Mount Vernon Cancer Centre has been awarded £7.5million to make improvements to the cancer centre building. The works began in February 2023 and will be ongoing in a phased approach until Spring 2024. You can find out more about how we’re improving the cancer centre by visiting the ‘Building works at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre’ section of our website.
Mount Vernon Cancer Services Review
In May 2019 NHS England launched a Strategic Review following concerns about the future sustainability of services. As part of this an Independent Clinical Review concluded that there needed to be immediate and longer-term changes including relocating specialist cancer services to a new centre on an acute hospital site as well as short-term recommendations to maintain the current service in the meantime.
The review is exploring and developing a series of options for Mount Vernon Cancer Centre that will provide the best modern care for patients including access to research trials and new technology and treatments from good quality facilities.
Detailed information is published on the Mount Vernon Cancer Services Review website and includes details about how patients, carers and staff can get involved as well as information and registration links for the next series of public meetings. Please also visit the review website for further details about the recent announcement from the government about the New Hospitals Programme.
We understand that news of changes can be concerning for patients and would like to offer reassurance that during this review period there will be no immediate or short-term changes to where patients go for their treatment.