The Royal Free radiotherapy department hosts a multi-professional team that encompasses the work of the clinicians, radiographers, radiotherapy review specialists, radiotherapy physicists and technologists. The department provides radiotherapy services primarily to the patients of North London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and surrounding counties from the time of the first clinical episode of referral to the first follow up appointment. It is also a tertiary referral centre for the provision of specialist cancer services.
The radiotherapy department has a strong and robust working arrangement with all departments and wards within the hospital and provides a number of key services to support other departments within the trust. The department offers a service to cover the clinical needs, planning and treatment of in-patients and out-patients during weekdays. An emergency on call service is available and backed up by the consultants.
The department provides both palliative and radical cancer treatments and specialises in intensity modulated radiotherapy treatment (IMRT), image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), total body irradiation, stereotactic radiotherapy, Iodine 125 prostate seed implants and participates in intraoperative radiotherapy to the breast.
Facilities used to provide safe and accurate planning and treatment to patients include: two linear accelerators (one Rapid Arc enabled), an orthovoltage unit, intra-operative radiotherapy, a dedicated Toshiba CT-scanner, Pinnacle TPS, stereotactic radiotherapy, IMRT, IGRT, respiratory gated radiotherapy and prostate brachytherapy. Varian's Aria R&V system integrates our department. The department is accredited to both CHKS and ISO 9001:2008.
Patient information is provided at first consultation with your clinical oncologist. The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support centre at the Royal Free offers up to date, good quality and appropriate information about every aspect of cancer. The centre is managed by a Macmillan Cancer information specialist who is supported by trained volunteers.
The radiotherapy department is part of the Transplant and Specialist Services Division and is located on the ground and lower ground floor. It can be accessed through the main RFH building or via a separate entrance near the visitors' car park.
Making an appointment
Appointments can be made following a referral from a GP or a hospital consultant.
The department offers a service to cover the clinical needs, planning, and treatment of in-patients and out-patients during weekdays. An on-call service is also available, backed up with consultant support.
For more information about our service or for general enquiries please contact Kashmira Mehta, radiotherapy manager on 020 7830 2996 or ext 33161 or radiotherapy reception on 020 7830 2919.