Peterborough radiotherapy unit opens its doors

Posted on May 13, 2011

A new radiotherapy unit has officially opened its doors to patients after years of planning and construction. The unit is the final department to start treating patients, providing the last cog in the wheel to the state-of-the-art Peterborough City Hospital.

Kanchan Rege, Consultant Haematologist says, “Today is a momentous day for the Trust and we are thrilled to have started treating patients in the city. This project has taken years of hard work and determination and the expansion in cancer services will really make a difference to patients.”

The radiotherapy unit will treat approximately 90% of cancers, with only the complex cases needing to be seen by neighbouring Trust’s. The unit consists of two linear accelerator machines that arrived in October last year. It took over three weeks to install the equipment and since then all the complex commissioning processes and procedures necessary to prepare for treating patients have been performed. This was followed by staff training and establishing the patient pathway.

Jane Head, Head of Radiotherapy says, “We have a wonderful multidisciplinary team staffing the unit, made up of 25 existing and new members of staff who have been recruited from centres of excellence across the country. The team is made up of doctors, physicists and therapy radiographers who will deliver cutting edge clinical and technical radiotherapy together with first rate patient focussed care.”

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