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.
- 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.
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.