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THE DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY IN OXFORD

INTRODUCTION

The Department, based on the Churchill campus of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, is the largest of the 3 Radiotherapy Departments of the former Oxford Region.  

The Oxford Radcliffe Hospital is a major Teaching Hospital, with links with Oxford University Clinical School and Oxford Brookes University’s School of Health Care Studies.   The Hospital is based on three main sites: The John Radcliffe and the Churchill in Headington, and the Horton in Banbury.

The Department in Oxford, serves a population of approximately 1.4 million, which includes Oxford, Banbury, Aylesbury, South Bucks (High Wycombe and Amersham), and Swindon.  Peripheral clinics are held regularly in the District Hospitals and are staffed principally by the Consultant responsible for that clinic and Specialist Trainees.

The new Oxford Cancer Centre opened in 2009, with brand new facilities for patients in the region, including two oncology wards, outpatient facilities, a newly built radiotherapy area as well as surgical wards and an on-site ITU. There is also a small private wing attached to the Centre.

Within the Oxford Department, general and site specialist clinics are conducted by all the Consultants.   Oxford has developed site-specialist working in line with the Calman-Hine recommendations.   The combined clinics cover the following site specialist areas:-

  Breast

  Head and Neck

  Lung

  Dermatology

  Gastro-intestinal tract

  Brain/CNS

  Urology

  Musculo-skeletal

  Gynaecology

  Endocrine

  Haematology

  Paediatrics

The Department receives over 3,400 new referrals each year and provides patients with comprehensive care, to include full assessment and treatment by both irradiation and /or chemotherapy, as appropriate.

Patients requiring ward admission are admitted to the Oncology ward, which contains 22 acute beds. There is also a Short Stay ward, for planned chemotherapy admissions and planned procedures requiring admission. Cytotoxic chemotherapy is administered in the Chemotherapy Suite on an outpatient basis. The Trust is also

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