University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity has funded four new postural video licenses to improve the radiotherapy options for its patients across Dorset.
Earlier this year, Going for Bust kindly donated £10,000 towards a Postural Video Licence and Dorset farmer and owner of Philip Trim Contractors, Philip Trim, has raised £30,000 towards a second license.
Traditionally patients having radiotherapy, had a small permanent tattoo applied to help radiographers set them up in the correct position for treatment. With the use of this new surface guided radiotherapy, our radiotherapy team can target areas more accurately – resulting in more efficient therapy and preventing permanent marks following treatment.
By having these licenses, the radiotherapy team can constantly monitor the patient position during the whole treatment.
Senior Radiographer, Lewis Powell said; “This will greatly improve the service that we offer to our patients both physically and physiologically by allowing us to monitor the patient’s position in real time. This helps to reduce the time it takes to position our patients.”
Philip said; “I fundraise in memory of my wife who was treated at the Dorset Cancer Centre as I like to give back to those that cared for Jane. It is great to see the funds used on something that will help so many more people.”
Head of Therapy Radiotherapy, David Frost, said; “It is extremely important that we always look for ways we can improve the experience for our patients and how we can reduce any lasting effects like long-term tattoos.”
“We know that small changes such as these make a real difference to our patients, especially to their wellbeing which means every penny raised, really is well spent. We were very fortunate to have been provided with two additional licences as they cost £20,000 each. Thank you to everybody who has funded these licenses for us. You have made an irreplaceable difference to thousands of people who will receive radiotherapy at our hospitals.”