Global IT Outage Update

Every day we care for and treat hundreds of patients from Greater Manchester and beyond who come through our doors.


Today's global IT outage affected many organisations including ours but to put it into context, this outage affected less than a third of our patients.


Our staff worked tirelessly to deliver as many chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments as possible and continue to finalise plans for those we were unable to see today due to issues affecting our supplier.


Thank you for being understanding and bearing with us. Unless our teams contact you, please attend for your appointment as planned.


We continue to work with our supplier to resolve this issue and prioritise our most clinically urgent patients. We apologise for any delays that have occurred as a result of this.


Any further updates will be published on our website and social media channels (Facebook and X/Twitter)

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Diagnosis and surgery

In many cases, the diagnosis is confirmed by performing a brain operation (neuro-surgery) to remove part of the tumour so that it can be looked at under the microscope (histological diagnosis).

For some patients, surgery is not recommended and diagnosis is made from the CT or MR scan (imaging diagnosis). You doctor can discuss this with you.

Patients having surgery will meet the neurosurgeon (a surgeon who operates on the brain and spine) at Salford Royal Hospital before the operation. The type of surgery recommended will be explained and discussed. During surgery, tissue (a biopsy) is taken to look at the cells. The type of cells are important to know the type of tumour and what treatment is best. This is called the histology

After surgery, every case is discussed again at the neuro-oncology MDT meeting.

The results of the histology and the recommendation of the MDT regarding further treatment is explained to each patient by the neuro-surgical doctor at Salford Royal Hospital. 

Last updated: February 2023