Staff celebrate oncology centre’s first year at Worcestershire Royal Hospital
More than 100 patients, staff and volunteers at Worcestershire Royal Hospital gathered to celebrate the oncology centre’s first anniversary. The state-of-the art facility was officially opened in April 2015 by Princess Anne, and in its first year has treated 1,300 cancer patients. Michelle Price, radiotherapy services manager at the hospital, said: “It was a good opportunity to reflect back on everything. It is quite unusual for an NHS team to step back and look at what we have achieved and what we hope to achieve in the future. Mr Adel Makar, lead cancer clinician at Worcestershire Acute Trust, said: “The unit has seen 1,300 patients in first year with 1m patients’ miles saved….patients often travelled three hours per day, five days per week for periods of up to seven weeks – it wasn’t good and needed to change and this unit has changed it.”
Worcestershire’s radiotherapy department is based in the £23million Worcestershire Oncology Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The state-of-the-art centre offers radiotherapy treatment for Worcestershire patients in county for the first time. Patients previously had to travel to Cheltenham, Wolverhampton or Coventry for treatment. Worcestershire Oncology Centre offers a range of radiotherapy services and is able to treat 95 per cent of patients requiring radiotherapy treatment (with some very specialist treatment still being provided elsewhere).
The centre currently has three linear accelerators (the machines which deliver the treatment), but has space for five to ensure that the centre can cater for growing demand in the future. Their
Radiotherapy service employs a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled clinical oncologists, medical physicists and therapeutic radiographers.