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EQUIPMENT

Within the Department there is a full range of equipment, including:

Six 6 and MV Varian Linear Accelerators. 2 are with on board cone-beam CT, and IGRT is in development in the Centre.

Treatment planning is undertaken in a new planning suite using either CT stimulation and Eclipse or with our Acuity Simulator with CT facility.

The Department has had an interest in brachytherapy. Intra-cavitary caesium treatments are carried out using Varian PDR brachytherapy equipment.

ARIA patient information, scheduling system and verification systems.

LINKS WITH OTHER SPECIALIST UNITS IN OXFORD

DepartmentsClinical Director

Clinical Haematology                                        Dr T Littlewood

Medical Oncology                                         Dr. Andrew Protheroe

Medical Physics                                                   Dr A Nisbet

Pain Relief Unit                                                   Dr T Jack

Sir Michael Sobell House (Hospice)                    Dr M Minton

In addition, members of the Department hold joint meetings and organise research projects with:

- The Gray Institute of Radiobiology Research, headed by Professor Gillies McKenna.  The changes that are taking place, and the links that are being forged at the Churchill at the present time, are both stimulating and exciting.

The Churchill Hospital is served by an on-site Radiology Department, which includes Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and CT and MRI and PET scanning.   

THE DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY IN READING

INTRODUCTION

The Royal Berkshire Hospital covers an area extending from west of Newbury, across through Reading and Wokingham to Henley and Maidenhead and includes parts of south Oxfordshire and north Hampshire.   The resident population is around half a million.   Acute services are provided by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, now consolidated onto the RBH site where the cancer services are situated.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital has all the features of a large District General Hospital with ready access to cancer services, including Radiotherapy.   The hospital has about 600 beds, on site Accident Centre and ITU and CDU, with full PACS diagnostic support, including MRI and CT scanners, general diagnostic imaging (including nuclear medicine) and interventional radiology.   There is an image link facility to the Radcliffe Infirmary for Neurosurgery.   All Pathology specialties are on

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