Southampton's Radiotherapy department is one of the most modern and up-to-date Radiotherapy units in the UK.
Specially designed and purpose-built to treat cancer patients, the centre was opened in 2004 Bright, spacious and welcoming, the public areas have been carefully designed to put patients at ease.
There is a large waiting room, with a television and a coffee and snack bar run by the voluntary group the League of Friends.
The department boasts some of the most advanced radiotherapy equipment in the country, including:
- Six linear accelerators, which deliver targeted external radiotherapy treatment
- One deep x-ray therapy unit for treating superficial lesions
- One CT simulator and one conventional simulator for precise treatment planning
- One selectron machine, delivering internal treatment
Patients from the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands being treated at Southampton's Radiotherapy department may be accommodated at the nearby Jurys Inn hotel.
Patients staying at this three-star hotel will benefit from:
- A buffet breakfast and dinner at the hotel each day
- A communal area with free internet access
- A link bus provided by Wessex Cancer Trust to take you to and from the hospital for treatment
- A free weekly sightseeing drop with a volunteer driver
- Free weekly complementary therapy sessions provided by the Wessex Cancer Trust
Patients staying at the hotel will also be in regular contact with Radiotherapy staff and liaison nurses.
Macmillan Information and Support Centre
In close proximity to the Radiotherapy department is the Macmillan Information and Support Centre. This is a warm and welcoming drop-in facility for patients' families and friends.
Trained staff and volunteers work at the centre. It offers an information library, complementary therapies, counselling and benefits advice.