S.U.R.E. Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment

About SURE

Who are we, and what do we do?

S.U.R.E. is a local independent registered charity (Reg No. 1102299) that was set up to end the need for cancer patients to travel to Bristol to get treatment. This was achieved when the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hopital Taunton, was opened, and we have since been able to help provide equipment for the Centre that is required to improve patient treatment and safety.

When patients require Radiotherapy treatment they will have the tumour accurately located on the C.T.Scanner/Simulator. The treatment will be planned, and then delivered using one of three Lineacs.

They will have just used three pieces of equipment supplied by the local charity S.U.R.E.

Firstly, the C.T.Scanner/Simulator was purchased by S.U.R.E. at a cost of £500,000 (which included the first three years maintenance).

Secondly, they will have been held in place on both the Scanner and the Linac by an immobilisation system, which means that each time they receive treatment, they are held in the same position, no matter which machine they are on. This was provided by S.U.R.E. at a cost of £72,000.

Thirdly, to ensure that the planned treatment will not be harmful to the patient, a similar dose to that planned is given to a device known as a “Phantom”. S.U.R.E. has funded the provision of four of these that allow the effect of treatment to be calculated for every part o the human body. This at a cost to S.U.R.E. of £25,000.

Over and above this, S.U.R.E. has already provided many other items to help keep the Beacon Centre at the forefront of Cancer Treatment. Including Quality Assurance equipment to always ensure not only the equipment itself is kept to the optimum status, but that patient care is also always catered for.

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