NHS England has announced the award of new contracts for stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy (SRS/SRT) – specialist forms of radiotherapy that can be used to treat patients with intracranial conditions, such as benign and malignant brain tumours.
More than 6,200 patients a year are expected to benefit from these services by 2018/9, compared to just over 2,400 in 2014/15. The new SRS/SRT services are spread across all regions of England, improving access to services and making it possible to treat more people closer to home.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust (STHT) has successfully secured the contracts to provide services as the Supra Centre for the North and Midlans of England, serving a population of some 30m, The service will be delivered by a partnership between STHT and The Thornbury Radiosurgery Centre Ltd as sub-contractor. that derives a significant number of strengths from the close proximity of the two Gamma Knife centres, the strategic partnership in place and the well established integration between STHT’s diverse and many areas of expertise with over 30 years experience of delivering an SRS service and combined experience of treating more than 17,000 patients.
Lynne Brooks, TRCL Director said “We are very pleased that NHSE is increasing access to these advanced forms of radiotherapy which we have long championed and proud to be working closely again with STHT. TRCL Ltd will play an important part as a sub-contractor operating the Gamma Knife Centre and delivering a patient focused service. Together with STHT we look forward to building upon the relationships with referral centres across the North and Midlands of England, developing new patient pathways and providing a service which offers significant advantages to patients”.
You can view the full NHS England press release here.