The 2000th patient since the opening of The Thornbury Radiosurgery Centre opened was treated on 2 November. Staff at the centre presented patients treated on the day with flowers to mark the landmark. Since the centre’s inception it has always sought to enhance and improve patients lives and the continuing success of the unit working under the Supra Centre status with Sheffield Teaching.
First opened in 2008 at the time the centre was the fourth Gamma Knife Centre to become operational in the UK. Since, the centre has established a reputation for the experience of its clinical team and for the patient experience it offers. A wide range of indications are treated with the significant advantages the Gamma Knife including:
It’s an outpatient procedure that takes less than a day
It doesn’t hurt
It doesn’t require incisions, so there’s no general anaesthesia and no risk of bleeding or infection
It can treat even the most challenging, hard-to-reach brain tumours and abnormalities that traditional brain surgery can’t
Side effects, such as headaches and nausea, are rare and usually temporary
Patients can return to normal activities the next day
In 2016, the centre was successful in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in becoming one of two centres of excellence (Supracentres) for NHS England.
Lynne Brooks, Chief Executive stated “The centre has grown from strength to strength and we are now busier than ever. When the centre opened it was one of a small number of such centres in the UK but since, the treatment offered has become more recognised, accepted and widely used. We are very pleased to be working closely with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals providing access to this technology and helping patients achieve the best possible outcomes. I am proud of the dedication of the team and their efforts in always going the extra mile to provide the highest quality of patient care and experience.
With investment being made in upgrading the Gamma Knife facilities at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we have increased our capacity to assist. Following the recruitment of additional radiographers we have increased the number of treatment days available ensuring that high volumes of patients with cerebral metastases continue to receive treatment well within the new NHS referral to treatment time for stereotactic radiosurgery