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NHS Grampian procedures praised by national group


By Kyle Ritchie


The President of the Society of Radiographers has praised the work of NHS Grampian – with some procedures a first for a Scottish radiotherapy centre.

Gill Hodges said she was “amazed and delighted at the amount of advanced practice going on” in the north-east at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) following a recent visit.

She was invited to see the innovative treatment and preparation pathways that the radiotherapy centre is doing to enhance patient care.

President of the Society of Radiographers Gill Hodges (third left) meets members of the radiotherapy department at the hospital.
President of the Society of Radiographers Gill Hodges (third left) meets members of the radiotherapy department at the hospital.

Ms Hodges said: “It’s a fantastic facility, a new build with new machines. The staff are so friendly, so dedicated and really enthusiastic about their job and patient care.

“The amount of advanced practice going on is amazing. In some instances ARI is the only centre in Scotland delivering some of these services."

The radiotherapy department at ARI provides a variety of services including MRI, Nuclear Medicine and Mammography.

It provides around 1700 treatments every year to patients across NHS Grampian, Orkney and Shetland, with some specialised services being provided to other health boards.

Trainee consultant radiographer Jacqueline Ogg said: “We were delighted to have Gill visit our facility and it’s great that what really resonated with her was the hard work and dedication of our staff – they are an exceptional group of people who make it an excellent place for patients to come for treatment and a great place to work.”

The £13.6 million radiotherapy department was officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in 2015. The building at the east end of ARI brings all aspects of radiotherapy delivery under one roof.



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