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Leeds: Expertise in cancer goes global

Staff from Leeds Cancer Centre and from the King Hussein Cancer Centre who took part in the training and development programme.

Staff from Leeds Cancer Centre and from the King Hussein Cancer Centre who took part in the training and development programme.

  • by Katie Baldwin
 

Cancer experts in Leeds are to share their expertise with doctors in the Middle East thanks to a new partnership.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has linked with the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Jordan to share best practice.

Specialists from the centre, in the Jordanian capital, Amman, visited Leeds for a two-day course to learn about the latest technical innovations, to assess new treatment and drugs as well as review patient cases.

Linda Pollard, chair of Leeds hospitals, led the medical team who ran the seminars.

Mrs Pollard said: “Here in Leeds we’ve been developing our expertise in cancer treatment and services for many decades, and we were delighted to welcome the team from King Hussein Cancer Centre to share information on our research and pioneering treatments.

“While we’ve been launching new innovations to continue to develop our world class services, it’s now a good time to share this with other medical organisations globally, and this visit will hopefully be the start of a productive international relationship between the two specialist centres.”

The £220m Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital is one of the biggest cancer centres in Europe and a world-leader, especially in state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatments.

The partnership has been developed through Healthcare UK, a joint venture between the Department of Health and UK Trade and Investment and is part of an initiative to give healthcare providers across the world access to UK expertise,

Dr David Berridge, medical director (operations) at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said it was very positive: “This should prove to be a mutually beneficial collaboration across the spectrum of cancer including training, teaching, research as well as the delivery of healthcare.”

 

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