Too old radiotherapy machines, patients transferred in Rome from one polyclinic to another

More and more serious and more frequent failures, spare parts no longer in production, increasingly difficult repairs. The two linear accelerators for the radiotherapy of the Policlinico Umberto I they are too old and worn out due to the workload they have been subjected to over the years.

And so the hospital, after various slowdowns, was forced to contact the Tor Vergata Polyclinic in order to guarantee continuity of care for their cancer patients.

‘Away’ radiotherapy

As it relates The weather, patients will have to go to Tor Vergata for the treatment of tumors with beam radiotherapy.

The hospital will make the necessary equipment and, in particular, a latest generation linear accelerator available to the Policlinico Umberto I, under an agreement. There will be 5 weekly shifts of 6 hours, from 14 to 20, which will then be managed by the staff of Umberto I.

The previous

Umberto I has had to deal with technical problems regarding radiotherapy since last September. The hospital company has made it known that, despite having activated the procedures for the replacement of linear accelerators, in the end it was left without them ‘temporarily’.

In fact, it was only on 29 September that the authorization for the negotiated procedure was approved regarding the work for the power supply for the linear accelerators regarding a ‘turnkey supply of Linear Accelerators for Radiotherapy’. A situation that, however, has been going on since September 2020, that is when ‘the appointment of the selection board’ was deliberated.

It is not the first time that the Policlinico Umberto I has faced a failure of this type. In 2015 the Lazio regional council approved a resolution for the purchase of a latest generation linear accelerator with a value of 4 million and 200 thousand euros.

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Mariangela Celiberti


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