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Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy Physics provides scientific and technical services to the Department of Radiotherapy & Oncology based in Cheltenham General Hospital, and in the future will also support the Hereford Satellite Radiotherapy Centre due to open in 2013.

 

We play a vital role in ensuring safe and accurate treatment delivery. In 2010 we delivered in the region of 3400 courses of radiotherapy to patients from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, South Worcestershire and parts of Shropshire & Powys.

 

The department houses five external beam radiotherapy treatment machines, (linear accelerators) which on average deliver 8000 individual treatments (or fractions) per year. We also have one brachytherapy suite, two treatment simulation rooms and numerous treatment planning workstations. It is staffed by a mixture of registered Clinical Scientists and Clinical Technologists.

Services provided by Radiotherapy Physics include:

• Commissioning of equipment

• Equipment calibration

• Advice on the purchase of new equipment

• Radiation dosimetry

• Quality assurance measurements

• Treatment planning

• Training

• Support for radiotherapy clinical trials.

 

The service also helps ensure compliance with national guidelines and legislation and, conforms to the BS EN ISO:9001 Quality Standard.