Medical Physics & Clinical Technology

Looking after the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust’s medical equipment.

The many activities of Medical Physics & Clinical Technology at Royal Cornwall Hospital come under two broad headings:
Department of Clinical Technology

DCT is responsible for the management of the majority of the patient-related equipment used within the RCH Trust and by other healthcare providers in Cornwall. DCT provides advice on the procurement and use of devices, as well as maintaining many of the devices in use.

DCT includes:

  • Medical Equipment Library
    The MEL was set up as a central resource for RCH to ensure that commonly used medical equipment is available to any ward/dept; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Medical Device Training
    The role of this section is to enable the Trust to comply with statutory requirements for the safe use of medical devices.  This includes identification and provision of training needs for all staff.
Scientific Services

A team of Clinical Scientists and Clinical Technologists provides scientific support for many departments in RCHT, including Clinical Oncology, Clinical Imaging and Physiological Measurement. A Radiation Protection Service is also provided.

  • Clinical & Radiation Physics
    The Clinical and Radiation Physics Group provides expertise in radiology physics, radiation protection and uses of non-ionising radiation (e.g. MRI, lasers, UV phototherapy).
  • Radiotherapy Physics Unit
    The Radiotherapy Physics Unit provides scientific and technical support to the radiotherapy department and produces individual radiotherapy treatment plans using our specialised treatment planning system.