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Actor Adrian Dunbar impressed as he opens Northern Ireland's first health campus

By Donna Deeney

Northern Ireland's first health and wellbeing campus has been officially opened in Londonderry by award-winning actor Adrian Dunbar.

Macmillan Cancer and the Western Trust developed the campus on the site of Altnagelvin hospital.

It will provide a range of services, not just for people diagnosed with cancer, but for those living with long-term complaints.

Campus manager Tara Boyle knows first-hand the benefits the centre will bring. She said: "I began as project manager for the capital build three years ago, but last June I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I had an operation to remove four fifths of my stomach in July. This has given a very personal perspective on the work Macmillan does."

Performing the official opening, Dunbar - fresh from success as Superintendent Ted Hastings in BBC drama Line of Duty - was clearly impressed by the facility.

He said: "Having lived away from Northern Ireland for many years, it's a very positive experience for me to travel home and see developments like the health and wellbeing campus at Altnagelvin.

"I heard from the Macmillan team that almost one in two of us will face cancer in our lifetime - that's a staggering statistic.

"It's so important for people to have the right support at what can be a life-changing time."

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