Committed to High Quality Radiotherapy Care

Posted February 12, 2016

At the London Radiotherapy Centre we are committed to delivering the highest quality of care. Part of this commitment is ensuring all our machines are within the recommended lifespan of 10 years. In fact our machines are much younger than this.

Why is age important?

It is important that Radiotherapy machines are within a 10 year lifespan as set out by the UK government. This is to ensure the safe operating of the equipment but also to ensure that patients are receiving accurate treatment.

The TrueBeam linear accelerator available at The London Radiotherapy Centre is one of the most accurate radiotherapy machines available. The TrueBeam  is able to deliver external beams of radiation with pinpoint accuracy, this is important in effectively targeting tumours while minimising damage to any surrounding cells or organs, and reducing side effects of treatment.

Naomi Thewlis Lead Radiographer at The London Radiotherapy Centre says:

“All our machines and equipment are new and up to date, with the treatment machines all being within the lifespan recommended by the government of 10 years, and the majority much younger.

We follow rigorous quality and checking procedures, including performing quality assurance checks on the machines daily prior to use, in order to ensure high levels of accuracy and safety. The treatment plan for each patient is individually and independently checked on the machine prior to or on the first day of treatment and cross checked against the expected plan.

We have CHKS accreditation which allows us to benchmark ourselves against other healthcare providers, and provides assurance that we are committed to the highest levels of quality and improvement.

We have a quality management system which we use to monitor that radiotherapy is delivered as intended, to maintain and continually improve the quality of the service.”