As part of the national Healthcare Science Week 2015
starting Monday 16 March, public open days are being held in the
medical physics departments at the University Hospital of North
Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Medical physics and clinical engineering is one of the most
exciting parts of the NHS to work in, and is responsible for 5% of
the total NHS workforce. It combines physics and engineering with
healthcare, delivering and contributing to many services such as
diagnostic imaging (nuclear medicine, x-rays, ultrasound, magnetic
resonance imaging), radiation safety, radiotherapy and clinical and
Dr Alison Mackie, consultant medical physicist and clinical
director medical physics for County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust, said, "Healthcare science week is an excellent
opportunity to raise awareness and interest people in the work
of the healthcare science community and the regional
medical physics team in particular and the vital
role we play in patient care, diagnosis and treatment."
The medical physics department at UHND will be open on Monday 16
March from 2.15 to 3.45pm, and on Wednesday 18 March from 10.30 to
12 noon, and 3.45 to 4.45pm.
At Darlington Memorial Hospital, the medical physics department
is open on Tuesday 17 March from 12 noon to 1pm, and on Thursday 19
March from 4 to 5pm.
Virtual tickets can be requested at HCSWeek@cddft.nhs.uk
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community