site, including Clinical Haematology, with whom closer ties are being developed. There are out-patient facilities for all specialties.
CLINICAL ONCOLOGY SERVICES
The Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology sees approximately 2800 new patients per annum who come from the hospital’s catchment area described above, and also for thoracic and urological malignancy from East Berkshire District, served by Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals. Out-patient facilities are on the ground floor in the original West Wing of the hospital, in a department that was completely refurbished in 2004. The treatment floor is adjacent and 13 designated Oncology beds are in the newly built Adelaide Ward. Outreach clinics are held at Wexham Park, Windsor, Newbury, Henley and Ascot. Multi-Disciplinary Teams exist in Reading for management of Breast, Upper GI, ENT/Oral, Gynaecological, Urological, Dermatological, Colorectal and Haematological malignancies. In addition, RBH consultants undertake MDTs in East Berkshire for Lung, Breast, Urological and Haematological Malignancy. There are video-conferenced trans-Berkshire MDT for Urological Malignancy. Other MDTs (Germ cell, Gynae, CNS, skin and sarcoma) are video-conferenced with Oxford.
The department provides a full range of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy for all common cancers, with only very rare malignancies, such as children’s and bone sarcomas being referred elsewhere for investigation and treatment
We have excellent palliative care support, with an in house palliative care team, and two local consultant lead hospices, the Duchess of Kent House in Reading, and the Sue Ryder home in Nettlebed.
There are excellent opportunities for post FRCR specialist training in e.g. real-time prostate brachytherapy, for which we provide the regional service, testicular teratomas, and radio-iodine therapy for thyroid cancer. The department also aims to support trainees in developing experience in the managerial aspects in preparation for taking on a consultant role.
EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES
The Radiotherapy treatment facility has:
Dual energy 6MV and 10MV Linear Accelerator, with electrons from 6MeV to 18MeV
Two Dual Energy 6MV and 10MV Linear Accelerators, with electrons, MLC and Portal Imaging.
IMRT and IGRT is delivered using these machines.
Orthovoltage and Superficial Unit (250 kVp, 150 kVp and 100kVp)
High dose rate Micro-Selectron in the HDR suite
Low Dose Rate real-time prostate brachytherapy.