First-class facility for cancer care

Malta’s Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre offers advanced diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Opened in 2013, it has tripled the number of beds available for cancer patients on the island. 

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Open for business: Reception area of Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre ©James Camenzuli Open for business: Reception area of Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre ©James Camenzuli

The Centre is part of the new acute general hospital in Msida, close to the island's capital Valletta. It aims to treat 60 % of all Malta's cancer patients and is in keeping with Malta's National Cancer Plan that aims to reduce waiting times for patients and provide better therapeutic practice.

A one stop shop

Every year, around 1 400 Maltese residents develop cancer, leading to some 700 deaths. Before the investment, the island relied on Sir Paul Boffa Hospital to provide oncology and palliative care facilities. The new oncology centre – situated nearby – has taken over all its oncology work.

The new centre provides facilities to treat cancer in a comprehensive care setting. Physically and organisationally interconnected to Mater Dei Hospital, it has a floor area of some 23 000 m2, accommodating 74 inpatient beds and 22 day-care beds. There are also 12 oncology outpatient clinics.

Furthermore, many patients will avoid the extra burden of seeking alternative advanced treatment abroad and instead be able to benefit from modern facilities in Malta. Crucially, the centre is providing more timely and accurate diagnoses, safer procedures as well as improved comfort and security for patients.

Serving inpatients and outpatients

The centre has four functional spaces, the largest being the inpatient area. This offers adult oncology (32 beds in total, five added by the project), palliative care (extra 16 beds), paediatric and adolescent oncology (increase from 6 to 10 beds), haematology wards (16 beds transferred from Mater Dei Hospital), and a radioisotope unit.

In the outpatient area, the project added 8 oncology outpatient clinics, making a total of 12. The diagnostic and treatment areas have a radiotherapy department, day-care, and general anaesthesia procedure facilities. Moreover, the hospital support services provide everything from physiotherapy and social work to occupational therapy and psychological services.

Establishing the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre created over 100 jobs during its implementation and it is expected to add around 96 additional new staff.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Mater Dei Hospital Oncology Centre” is EUR 48 802 700, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 41 482 300 from the Operational Programme “Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.


Draft date

22/12/2015