Radiation treatment

Trust open state-of-the-art room to improve cancer care for patients

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust’s (PHU) Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA), opened a new state-of-the-art room and cancer equipment last Wednesday. The benefits of this mean that teams will be able to deliver a more timely and high-quality service for patients in need of image guided procedures.

The equipment and room replacement are worth £2m, making it possible for teams to carry out procedures such as angiograms, angioplasty, microwave ablation, as well as dealing with biopsy cases. This is thought to free up CT scanner capacity.

The room will provide more flexibility, improved waiting times for patients, and a better hospital experience. This also includes the upgrade of a second room.

The project will be led by Lead Interventional Radiographer, Louise Oakley, and Consultant Interventional Radiologist, and Clinical Lead for interventional radiology at PHU, Dr David Flowers.

Ms Oakley, said: “With the trust recently receiving university hospital status, and its commitment to using cutting edge science and technology, we will be able to support this, allowing the interventional team to participate in research trials that has previously not been possible due to limitations of the old room.

“It will also allow us to develop the service and improve waiting times for our patients, particularly those patients from renal and vascular.

“The new machine has a lot more functionality, so we can extend our range of procedures and take on more complex cases.

“By increasing our multitude of examinations and taking on new cases, we can develop our skills as a team and provide a better service for our patients.”

Dr Flowers said: “This cutting-edge room will allow us to deliver fantastic treatment options for our patients and increase capacity to deal with the growing demand. It’s really is great news for the department and I’m delighted to see it open.”

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As was outlined by Sir Simon Stevens when the NHS announced their green plans back in 2020, 5,700 lives could be saved each year by improved air quality. Even more could see their overall health improve and be in a position to self-manage their conditions, rather than requiring NHS treatment. Covid-19 has already left the NHS with a sizeable treatment backlog, so anything which can be done to improve patient health and reduce demand is beneficial for all.

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