What’s new

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March 2019

Wall art in paediatric waiting area

Several of the paediatric areas in the proton beam therapy centre have recently come to life after the installation of wall art designs. The range of animal graphics have transformed the paediatric waiting area, day unit and anaesthetic areas.

The animal characters, which go on a journey across rooms, can be seen gracing the walls and ceilings and help to create a friendly distraction for paediatric patients. Characters include elephants, lions, birds, koala bears as well as the familiar face of the proton panda hiding in each room for the patient to find.

The wall art has added lots of colour and friendly faces to the walls and will hopefully help to put paediatric patients using these areas at ease.

February 2019

Read The Christie blog by our lead radiographer

Our lead radiographer Hazel Pennington has shared her thoughts on what it was like to get the proton beam therapy service ready to treat patients on The Christie blog.

Read Hazel’s blog to find out more about the launch of the proton beam therapy service.

January 2019

Welcome to our new senior radiographers

Since the beginning of December 2018, the proton beam therapy centre has welcomed four new senior radiographers into the proton treatment team. Some of them have made the transition from our radiotherapy department at The Christie, while others have relocated to join us.

When asked how she feels about joining the team, Janeen Kirwan, who joins us from the St. Luke’s Radiotherapy Centre in Dublin, said, “I am excited to be part of such an enthusiastic and professional team in the delivery of innovative proton beam therapy to adults and children attending The Christie”.

Dave Roberts who previously worked at The Royal Marsden, Sutton also said, “I am very excited to be part of this groundbreaking treatment and to work within a wonderful multi-disciplinary team.”

The proton beam therapy team is growing even bigger and we look forward to working alongside the new radiographers as we treat many more patients this year.

The School at The Christie

Daily attendance for proton beam therapy treatment may interfere with your child’s ability to attend school on a regular basis. All children of school age who are receiving proton beam therapy treatment at the hospital will be offered teaching in our classroom.

You can read more about the School on our teaching service page.

December 2018 

First proton beam therapy patient treated at The Christie

The proton beam therapy centre at The Christie is proud to announce that it treated its first patient in December 2018. The team are delighted to reach this key milestone and plan to treat more patients in the new year.

End to end testing

Following ProBeam applications training, the radiographers have been testing out the gantries. The team has been delivering proton beams and taking scans and X-ray images of anatomically realistic phantoms. The phantoms are designed to replicate human anatomy and to safely test out the hardware and software of the ProBeam system. The end-to-end testing period has allowed the radiographers to review their working practices and develop detailed documents that will inform their practice when treating patients.

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