Cancer patients in Coventry and Rugby to benefit from two new radiotherapy machines

Cancer patients in Coventry and Rugby will be treated with the most up to date technology after it was announced University Hospital would receive two new radiotherapy machines.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust will get two new machines which deliver radiotherapy to cancer patients to replace and update its existing equipment. This is part of a national programme being funded by NHS England.

It is hoped the first linear accelerator (also known as a LINAC) will be onsite in Spring 2017, with the second to follow.

Clive Irwin, Associate Medical Director for Cancer Services at UHCW NHS Trust said: “These new machines have the most up to date technology and will allow us to deliver a world class service for our patients.

“The new technology will allow us to target tumours more accurately and precisely and allow us to give patients with more complicated tumours the choice of radiotherapy.”

The new machines will enable Coventry in partnership with Worcester to contribute to the West Midlands Cancer Alliance and ensure the most modern and effective treatments are available for cancer patients in Coventry, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.