December 3, 2020

Descaling in the Canary Islands: Radiation oncology does not stop due to the pandemic – La Provincia


Some 427 patients have started treatment in the Radiation Oncology service of the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín during the alarm state, carrying out a total of 5,564 sessions during the months of March and April.

As reported by the Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government, the activity of Intraoperative radiotherapy in breast cancer and brachytherapy operating rooms have also functioned normally.. Likewise, special Saturday programs have continued.

For their part, in the face of the health crisis caused by this pandemic, service professionals progressively adapted their work to the action protocol of the Canary Health Service (SCS), as well as to the standards recommended by the Spanish Society of Radiation Oncology (SEOR) and other international companies related to the area.

In this sense, the single entrance to the service for patients, as well as a triage process to detect possible symptoms of Covid-19 and the use of protective material, were the first actions that were launched.

The treatment schedules of the patients were organized so that the recommended safety measures could be maintained. and the distribution of work was maintained in morning and afternoon shifts, also trying to minimize contacts between shifts.

Thanks to all these actions, it has been possible to continue with the activity of the service with regard to treatments, first visits as well as reviews, both of treatment and subsequent ones.

Finally, the Radiation Oncology service has maintained the reviews of the patients, but adapting them to the ‘non-face-to-face’ modality. For this reason, during the months of March and April, a total of 3,623 telephone inquiries were made.

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