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Global IT outage update - Monday 22 July

The issues affecting the supplier that provides our chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments have now been resolved.

We want to thank our patients for being understanding and bearing with us and we apologise for any delays caused by this. Unless our teams contact you, please attend your appointment as planned. Throughout this incident, we have prioritised the most clinically urgent patients.

The Christie provides care and treatment for hundreds of people every day. The global IT outage last Friday (19 July 2024) affected many organisations but to put it into context, this affected less than a third of our patients.

Our staff have worked tirelessly over the weekend to deliver as many chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments as possible and continue to do so to catch up on rescheduled treatments this week.

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Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology uses high-tech image guidance equipment to carry out pinhole surgery, to treat patients and reduce side effects.

Pinhole surgery involves making a tiny incision, so that tiny wires and catheters can be guided through the body to deliver treatment right to where it’s needed. These minimally invasive procedures mean that patients can be in and out of hospital in a matter of hours, as day case procedures. The surgery is used with both a curative intent and to improve the quality of life of patients being treated palliatively to improve things like kidney function or the ability to swallow & eat more normally.

As part of our Integrated Procedures Unit (IPU) we are looking to provide further interventional radiology capacity in a second room, so that even more patients can benefit from the very latest image-guided surgery.  We hope to soon offer patients access to an advanced 3D intervention system. This machine offers incredibly accurate, image-guided pinhole surgery.

State-of-the-art imaging techniques can road map a patient’s entire body with incredibly accurate 3D images. This allows interventional radiologists to deliver treatments to the exact places they need to go. The machine’s ultra-fast rotation means that even the most complex treatments can be carried out more quickly than before. This requires great precision and skill. With a new 3D intervention system, we will have the very latest imaging technology enabling us to push the boundaries of targeted therapy

Last updated: March 2023