Asteral has delivered the first of three Linear Accelerators to the Royal Derby Hospital. Once complete, Asteral will have replaced three old systems, all with Varian TrueBeam units as well as having completely refurbished the bunkers and control rooms within the 22-month schedule.
The Linear Accelerator replacement started on 18th January; with the first of three old systems being decommissioned. The first TrueBeam has now been delivered with the initial installation complete, ahead of schedule. Secondary commission is now beginning. The aim is for the new Varian system to go live for treatment in August 2016. The decommissioning of the second system will commence in September.
This is the first fixed item delivered to Derby as part of their Asteral Select contract, and it follows on from an extensive design and build programme managed by Asteral’s Implementation Team. Asteral is distinctive in having a dedicated in-house design and implementation team who will work with your estates and clinical departments to plan and project-manage the installation, commissioning and training on all equipment, as well as associated build enabling works.
Kevin Downs, Derby Teaching Hospitals’ Director of Finance and Performance stated: “Following the successful introduction of our Managed Equipment Service by Asteral in April 2015, the Trust has experienced a general improvement in equipment availability and less downtime across the spectrum.
We are now pleased to announce that during the first quarter of 2016 Asteral has, in conjunction with the staff in our Radiotherapy Department, successfully replaced the first of our Linear Accelerator machines with new Varian Radiotherapy machinery to enhance our patient treatment services. This has been accomplished with no disruption to the delivery of the current level of patient services while the programme has been undertaken and now leaves the Trust better placed to deliver improved patient services into the future.”
The new systems will allow the Trust to tailor treatment of cancer patients to a higher degree of accuracy and effectiveness. The Asteral Select contract has benefitted the Trust as it has allowed the Trust’s staff to continue to focus on patient care and to deliver patient treatment with the latest technology available.