Development of the centre
Below we briefly chronicle some of the key steps most recent first)in the development of the Gamma Knife Centre at QSRC.
First paediatric patient treated – October 2016
Working in partnership with UCLH and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, the first paediatric patient was treated following the designation of the centre as the Supracentre for the South of England.
Designated as the NHS Supracentre for the South of England – April 2016
The centre is awarded a NHS England seven year contract as the Stereotactic Radiosurgery / Radiotherapy SupraCentre for the South on England serving a population of 31.3million and becomes the only centre in England designated to receive referrals for all commissioned indications whatever the age of the patient.
Official opening – 23rd April 2013
Notable U.K. government and healthcare leaders, Gamma Knife® radiosurgery experts and representatives of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) were amongst those gathered on 23April 2013 to observe the official opening of The Gamma Knife Centre at Queen Square Radiosurgery Centre (QSRC) by the Rt Hon John Bercow. The event also included a series of talks from leading experts in radiosurgery, oncology and specialist imaging. Images of the event are presented in the slide show above.
The first publication from the QSRC team was published in January 2013. ’Targeting and Conformality in Arteriovenous Malformation Radiosurgery is a paper co-authored by Ian Paddick included in the new publication by Karger, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Brain Vascular Malformations, edited by Aray Niranjan, Hieyuki Kano and L Dade Lunsford. The book which can be previewed here is available for purchase from Karger. A number of clinical trials have been initiated and further information can be found here.
The first patient was treated on 29th October 2013.
Gamma Knife delivered
The installation of the 20 tonne piece of kit took all the precision of a military operation involving six lifts from a 500 tonne crane, a road closure and careful management of radioactive sources. For more information please see here.
Construction of the facility started in April 2012 with DD Porters Construction as the main contractor and CSM Architects as designers. Construction was completed on time despite significant challenges presented by undertaking this during the 2012 London Olympic Games.