A very special delivery! On Saturday 29th September an Elekta Gamma Knife Perfexion was safely delivered to the new Gamma Knife Centre at QSRC. This was by no means an easy task. Commissioning of the treatment machine is now underway in readiness for the first patients in a few weeks time.
The Gamma Knife that weighs approximately 20 tonnes was lifted from Guildford Street 50 metres across the delivery yard, and then threaded through the very narrow passage between UCLH and GOSH by means of a 500 tonne crane. Timing had to be precise due to the constraints of the road closure and the number of crane lifts (six in total) that were required to deliver all of the items. The project took many months of planning, one aspect of this was arranging a road closure in central London that had to be scheduled around the Olympic Games. Many teams including but not limited to, Canute, Ainscough and UCLH were involved in the delivery and installation of the system. Approximately 20 people were involved in the delivery on the day. The whole process was coordinated by Elekta who ensured a smooth and well executed delivery.
Pauline Richardson, Centre Manager said “We are now in the final stages before opening on target and are looking forward to becoming the 6th operational Gamma Knife Centre in the UK and the second operated by MESL. We are very focused on providing an exceptional patient experience with professional friendly staff, highly respected consultants and the very latest technology all within a new welcoming centre offering the highest quality of care”.
The Elekta Gamma Knife Perfexion is considered the gold standard in radiosurgery. More than 50,000 patients undergo Gamma Knife surgery every year worldwide.