Patients and the public can find out more about cancer treatments in Lincolnshire at an open day this month.
The oncology centre at Lincoln County Hospital is holding an open day on Saturday 12 November for members of the public to find out more about the work of the department.
This will include the chance to take a tour of the department so that visitors can see treatment machines and equipment in action.
The department has recently commissioned three new state of the art treatment machines, called Varian Truebeam, that will allow even more precise radiotherapy to be delivered anywhere in the body. People having treatment have recently voted on names for the new machines and there will be an official opening ceremony during the morning, carried out by Air Commodore Simon Baldwin, who was the Wing Commander of the last Vulcan squadron.
The Hope for Tomorrow mobile chemotherapy unit will also be on site for people to look around.
There will be displays and information for visitors to look at in the main waiting room and in the Ingham chemotherapy suite. Staff will also be on hand to answer questions about radiotherapy and chemotherapy and also enquiries regarding radiotherapy as a possible career choice.
Jane Hall, Information and Support Radiographer for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Many people don’t know what a radiographer does. If you have an accident and go to hospital, the chances are that you will see a diagnostic radiographer, who produce images that are used to diagnose injury or disease. Therapy Radiographers, who work in radiotherapy, use high energy radiation to treat cancer and some non- cancerous conditions.
“Everyone is welcome to come along, find out more about what the department does and ask questions.”
Staff from dietetics, occupational therapy , research and Macmillan information services will also be available to speak to visitors.
The open day takes place as follows:
Where: The Lincoln Oncology Centre
Lincoln County Hospital
When: Saturday 12 November, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Refreshments will be available.