The Health Minister visited Addenbrooke's Hospital to see the progress on the building of the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital.

As Health Minister, Lord Markham is responsible for the New Hospital programme, which will see a brand new hospital built near Addenbrooke's and Royal Papworth. 

Lord Markham visited the Addenbrooke's site on February 5 and took a tour with staff and patients, along with local MPs Anthony Browne, Lucy Frazer and Daniel Zeichner.

The Health Minister also discussed the plans and progress of the specialist cancer hospital, ahead of the main site pre-construction works beginning this summer at Addenbrooke's.

The Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital will bring staff from Addenbrooke's together with scientists from the University of Cambridge and its Cancer Research Centre.

The hospital will be a seven-story building with early detection and personalised medicine available.

Work has already began on a new car park for the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital. 

Construction is set to begin in summer, with site clearance and excavation planned.

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Lord Markham said: "It was fantastic to visit the preparatory works already underway on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and the site for the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital.

"I have enjoyed meeting patients and NHS staff in Cambridge today and seeing for myself the progress being made on plans for this state-of-the-art new research hospital."

Roland Sinker, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We were really pleased to be able to welcome Lord Markham and his colleagues to Cambridge, and show the significant progress we're making to build our new specialist cancer hospital for the region.

"It was a hugely positive visit, and we were delighted to introduce Lord Markham to patients and staff who could share their own experiences and showcase some of the innovations being delivered in Cambridge to improve patient care."