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Radiotherapy delays due to technical fault at Belfast City Hospital cancer centre

Belfast City Hospital
Belfast City Hospital

Cancer patients at Belfast City Hospital have experienced delays due to a technical fault with treatment machines.

Belfast Trust said it is currently managing a technical fault with a number of Linear Accelerators, the machines which provide radiotherapy treatment at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre.

Roslin Foster, chief executive of Cancer Focus NI, told BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme that delays in treatment will add to patients' anxiety.

"The cancer centre will be doing everything they can to get this rectified and to get the programme back on for patients," she added.

Machine manufacturers are attempting to identify the fault and carry out repairs as quickly as possible, the trust said.

"Whilst patients have experienced delays today, and there may be further delays in the coming days, contingency plans are in place to minimise patient disruption as much as possible," a Belfast Trust spokesperson said.

"We are in contact with our patients and are keeping them informed as the situation evolves. Patients should expect to hear from the radiotherapy team if a change to their appointment is required.

"We apologise to our patients for this disruption."

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