9th Linear Accelerator Opens at Cancer Centre


Health Minister Edwin Poots officially opened a new radiotherapy linear accelerator, this machine is used to deliver radiotherapy treatment to patients at the Cancer Centre.


Speaking at the opening ceremony the Minister said: “Following a substantial investment of over £1.5million in 2012, the Cancer Centre now boasts a 9th linear accelerator which means patients can not only continue to access radiotherapy treatment in a timely manner but can now also begin to benefit from new techniques not previously available in Northern Ireland.”

The Minister spoke of how impressed he was by quality of the building and the professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication of staff. The investment has also supported the expansion of two key staffing groups – medical physics and therapeutic radiographers.


Chief Executive Colm Donaghy said “We are delighted that through working with the DHSSPS and the Health and Social Care Board we have much needed additional radiotherapy capacity which importantly has the technology capability of offer patients’ higher doses more accurately and with less side effects. This consolidates our position as a leading radiotherapy centre in the UK.”