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Radiotherapy team highly commended in prestigious national award for work to improve service for breast cancer patients

We are delighted to share that our Radiotherapy team won Highly Commended in a prestigious national award for its innovative work implementing tattoo-free radiotherapy and improving the patient journey for patients receiving treatment for breast cancer.

The team, which is based at Royal Derby Hospital, was recognised in the Health Service Journal's (HSJ) Partnership Award last night, Thursday 16 November, for the rollout of Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT) - a very precise form of radiotherapy that eliminates the need for permanent, visible tattoos and marks to be placed on the patient's skin.

Roz Plant retires after 50 years of NHS service

Radiographer Roz bids farewell to UHDB after 50 years of NHS service

A UHDB radiographer will be leaving a ‘Roz shaped hole’ in the hearts of her colleagues when she leaves this month after 50 years of service.

Rosemary Plant, who is affectionately known by her colleagues as ‘Roz’ is retiring on 11 November after working in the NHS for 50 years.

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Tattoo-free radiotherapy benefiting the wellbeing of cancer patients undergoing treatment at UHDB

UHDB radiographers are now using a state-of-the-art technique to treat cancer patients more effectively, without leaving them with permanent reminders of what they’ve been through for everyone to see.

Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT) targets tumours even more accurately than techniques used before but crucially doesn’t rely on marks being left on the skin to do this – meaning patients are not left with these “tattoos” following their treatment.


Radiographer Nicole praised for life saving intervention

A radiographer at Royal Derby Hospital had been praised by her colleagues for acting quickly and professionally in a potentially life-threatening situation.

Nicole Turner, Senior Radiographer, was contacted by a patient’s wife to say they were feeling unwell and nauseous.  

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Cancer patients to benefit from ground-breaking advancements in radiotherapy treatment

A new life-saving form of radiotherapy treatment is now being offered for the very first time at UHDB to patients with lung cancer. UHDB is now able to offer Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) treatment at Royal Derby Hospital and last week began treating our first patient with lung cancer using the advanced technique. SABR allows for tumours to be targeted with very high doses of radiation over fewer sessions, using state-of-the-art image guidance technology, with this high level of precision especially important when treating cancer of the lung, due to there being a moving target as the patient breathes in and out.

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