The radiotherapy team at South Tees have been sharing best practice with clinicians working at Karolinska Institute, the internationally-renowned oncology centre in Stockholm Sweden.
Like South Tees, the institute has Linac accelerators made by Elekta and the purpose of the two-day visit was for the Swedish team to pick up useful tips and swap ideas with their Teesside counterparts.
Lena Unossen, a radiographic nurse at the Institute, said: “The visit has been very useful as we haven’t had our accelerators as long as South Tees and we are learning more and more about the capabilities of the Linacs and what the software can do for us.”
Lena’s colleague, Asa Alm added: “It has been very beneficial. We’ve seen the patient flow here and have picked up tips and tricks that we can take back with us.”
Caroline Fraisse, Linac product manager for Elekta, was also on hand to answer questions. She said: “It is great to witness the exchange between two prestigious centres with the experienced and advanced centre at James Cook taking Karolinska under its wing. This will help Karolinska to be as effective as possible from day one with their new cutting edge technology”.
Chris Walker, head of radiotherapy physics at South Tees, said: “It’s been a great peer-to-peer training exercise and will result in greater benefits for our patients.”