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Treatment delays as radiotherapy machines fail at Queen Alexandra Hospital

Delay: Radiotherapy patients face delay at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham. Picture by: Ian Hargreaves

Delay: Radiotherapy patients face delay at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham. Picture by: Ian Hargreaves

 

PATIENTS needing radiotherapy are facing delays at Queen Alexandra Hospital due to a ‘high number’ of technical failures.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Cosham site, has today released a statement after months of problems.

Radiotherapy is a treatment that involves the use of high-energy radiation and is commonly used to treat cancer.

The statement said: ‘We have been experiencing an unusually high number of technical failures with our radiotherapy machines for the last couple of months but we are working hard with our contractors to resolve issues as quickly as possible.

‘We already have a programme of repairs and scheduled maintenance underway.

‘We have some of the most modern state-of-the-art technology on offer but unfortunately, on occasion, these complex machines and devices do suffer technical failures.

‘We are trying to minimise disruption to patients and have responded by extending clinic times. Staff are working longer shifts and we have also brought in extra staff to ensure that patient appointments can be met.

‘We do acknowledge that some patients may have waited longer in clinic, or their appointments have been rearranged at short notice as a result. Staff are working very hard to resolve these issues and keep waiting times as short as possible.

‘Importantly the radiotherapy service has continued to meet its cancer waiting time standards and is regularly exceeding the national target of 24 per cent for the delivery of intense-modulated radiation therapy.’

. Have you been affected by the delays? Contact priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk

 

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