Health chiefs from a country still feeling the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are today touring the radiotherapy facilities of the Royal Preston Hospital.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is hosting a visit from the Ministry of Public Health in Belarus.
The trust invested around £150,000 in state-of-the-art equipment last September and the trust was one of the first in the country to introduce it.
Colin Jennings, a consultant physicist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said:”We mainly use the radiotherapy treatment unit to treat skin cancer patients as it is designed to treat the superficial layers of the skin and focuses on areas of damaged tissue without impacting upon the healthy surrounding tissue, which is a positive benefit to patients. It also enables patients to sit up when they are receiving treatment which many people find more comfortable than lying flat.”
Around 220 patients per day receive radiotherapy treatment at the cancer centre at Royal Preston Hospital, and about 10 of those are treated in the specialist treatment unit.
The visit has been arranged by Xstrahl Limited, a company which specialises in the design and manufacture of oncology radiation equipment, which will make a donation to Rosemere Cancer Foundation as a thank you to the trust.
Karen Partington, chief executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said:”I am delighted to welcome our public health colleagues from Belorussia to Royal Preston Hospital.
“As the specialist cancer centre for Lancashire and South Cumbria, we are focused upon providing excellent care with compassion to cancer patients from across the region and providing the latest and most effective treatment is a top priority.
“I am sure our visitors will be impressed by what they see.”
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